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'Priceless' Stradivarius violin stolen from musician

January 29, 2014

A Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars was stolen from a Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster after a performance, police said. Frank Almond had just completed a performance Monday at Wisconsin Lutheran College when he was attacked with a stun gun and robbed of the 300-year-old instrument, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said. The robber took off with the "priceless" instrument in a maroon minivan, Flynn said. "The artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed last night," he added . Chicago violin dealer Stefan Hersh said the violin, known as the Lipinski violin, was comparable in value to another Stradivarius that sold for more than $3.5 million in a 2006 auction. But because the violin can only be appreciated by a very small portion of the population, it's unlikely to sell "for even a fraction of its value," Flynn said. "These are wildly valuable to a tiny slice of the art world," he said. The violin was on loan indefinitely to Almond from its anonymous owners, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday.


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