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Stradivarius violin stolen from sandwich shop to be be auctioned

The instrument will be displayed at a public viewing by the auction house, Tarisio, from 27-28 October in London. The thieves struck at a Pret a Manger café outside Euston station on 29 November 2010 as violinist Min-Jin Kym stopped to get something to eat. After three years of chasing leads, police found the instrument, undamaged, in the Midlands – but not before the thieves tried to sell the instrument for £100 in an internet café. At the time of theft news reports valued the violin at £1.2 million. Online bidding for the auction will start at £1 million, with the final price expected to fetch upwards of £2 million. A portion of the proceeds and sales commission will benefit the authorities who will help recover the violin.