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Local council reaches out to help find boy's lost violin

London Borough of Hounslow has issued an appeal after a 10-year-old musician lost a valuable violin on a bus on Saturday.

Ignacy Stefanowicz lost the instrument on a 235 bus from Busch Corner shortly after his lesson ended at 11.15am.

Borough of Hounslow issues appeal over lost violin. Credit: Facebook/ London Borough of Hounslow

Ignacy is said to be one of seven students who has received the Mayor of London's Scholarship for talented musicians, and had been lent his violin by an instrument trust.

The violin is in a blue case with a distinctive handmade green pocket with a floral pattern on the top. The violin is pale straw colour and has a label stating it was made by Peter Sermon in the 1920s. A reward of £200 has been offered in hope of reuniting the young musician with his violin.

If you have any information about the violin please call Hounslow Music Service on 020 8583 2967, email info@hounslowmusic.org.uk, or contact Hounslow Police station.

Stolen Stradivarius sells for almost £1.4m at auction

A Stradivarius violin which was stolen from a sandwich shop in London sells for £1.38m at auction.

The 300-year-old violin was taken from celebrated artist Min-Jin Kym, from Euston Station in 2010.

Library picture of a Stradivarius. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The instrument was snatched by thieves, who tried to sell the violin for £100 but was eventually found intact in the Midlands, with some very minor damage.

Read: Violin thief tried to sell for £100 could fetch £2 million

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Stolen rare violin goes on display

The world-famous Stradivarius violin that was stolen from London's Euston Station in 2010 and later recovered, will go on public display before it's sold off in December.

It's a happy ending for the instrument and its owner, London based violinist Min-Jin Kym, a celebrated international soloist.

The Euston Stradivarius was stolen in 2010 but recovered earlier this year Credit: Reuters

The exhibit is at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair where experts will be on hand to talk about why it's so precious.

The 'Euston Strad' is estimated to fetch as much as £2 milliom at auction on the 18th December.

Rare violin stolen in New Cross, say police

A rare 18th century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen during a burglary at a flat.

The instrument, a Nicola Gagliano dating back to 1747, is possibly one of only three in the world. The 31-year-old owner of the flat returned to his home in Erlanger Road, New Cross, south east London on Wednesday night to find that the main communal door had been forced open.

Various rooms were searched and a number of items were taken including the violin, which was in a brown rectangular case with two straps. The man, who did not want to be named, said his flatmate had been loaned the valuable instrument.

Rare violin stolen from flat

A rare 18th century violin worth £140,000 has been stolen during a burglary at a flat, police said.

The instrument, a Nicola Gagliano dating back to 1747, is possibly one of only three in the world.

The 31-year-old owner of the flat returned to his home in Erlanger Road, New Cross, south east London, at 10.45pm last night to find that the main communal door had been forced open along with his own front door.

Various rooms were searched and a number of items taken including the violin.

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£2500 violin stolen on Jubilee train

Stolen violin Credit: British Transport Police

Police are appealing after a £2,500 violin was stolen from a Jubilee line train.

The violin belonged to a 42 year-old musician from Motspur Park who was returning home after performing at a London theatre and boarded the train at Stratford at around 11.45pm on Friday 20th July.

He had four bags with him, including the violin. When he got off the train at Waterloo, just after midnight, he noticed his violin was missing.

Detective Constable Andy Jordan said: “Not only is the violin of considerable financial value but it was also of great sentimental value.

The victim has had the 1880’s violin for 30 years, since he was just 12 years-old. He had described knowing the violin so well, it had become like a good friend.”

The violin is full-sized from a German school from the late 19th century, with the label 'Percy Lee 1936'. It is golden in colour with a wide-striped two-piece backplane with a rippled dent near to the bottom. The tuning peg for the E-string is different to the other pegs.

There was a bow in the case, an octagonal stick with silver winding and leather at the handle.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference B5/LUA of 13/09/12.