Just in: Customs officials confiscate a soloist’s GuadagniniNews
Moldova is supposed to be Europe’s poorest nation so the sight of a $2 million Guadagnini walking into the country must have got Customs officials salivating.
The 1785 ‘ex-Ida Levin’ Guadagnini arrived a week ago in the hands of the international Moldovan soloist Alexandra Conunova.
Officials at Chisinau Airport seized the violin and filed criminal charges against Alexandra.
She explained that she does not own it; she plays the violin on loan from a Swiss sponsor.
Now the Moldovan minister of culture has apologised. But the violin is still being held at the airport.
Alexandra has received thousands of messages of support. She tells is this morning: