Just in: Stolen Strad turns up, 35 years latermain
This will go down forever as a quiz question for violin geeks.
Whatever happened the the Ames Stradivarius that vanished after a May 1980 concert from Roman Totenberg’s room at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass?
Well, we don’t yet know what happened, but the FBI has somehow found it. More details here.
Roman, a celebrated virtuoso and teacher died aged 101 in May 2012, teaching to his very last day. He never saw the violin again but he had strong suspicions it might have been taken by a man who loitered around his college office. The unnamed woman in whose possession the violin was found is thought to be that man’s daughter. She is not suspected of wrongdoing.
Here’s what the FBI and the family are telling US media.
Depending on condition, the Ames Strad would be worth several million dollars today.