"35년 전 도난당한 로만 토텐버그의 '스트라디바리우스' 유족 품으로" Stolen Stradivarius Violin Found After 35 Years(VIDEO)

1980년 토텐버그 연주 후 사무실에서 분실

전부인이 감정사에 가져와 

1734년 제작 명기,현존 약 550개뿐

경매가 1590만 달러(약 186억 원) 호가

"훔쳐도 팔기 어려워"

희소 가치 높고 암시장 전매 불가능


Roman Totenberg with his beloved Stradivarius. source nytimes.com

로만 토텐버그의 연주 모습


여동생인 니나 토텐버그가 바이올린을 찾은 후 기자와 대담하고 있다.


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Stolen Stradivarius Violin Found After 35 Years

Roman Totenberg and Artur Balsam: Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor 

Op. 121, Part 1 (Schumann)

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  폴란드 출신으로 2012년 별세한 미국의 저명한 바이올리니스트 로만 토텐버그 품에서 35년 전에 도난당한 1734년 제작 명기 스트라디바리우스 바이올린이 발견돼 유족 품에 돌아왔다. 미 언론이 6일 일제히 보도했다.


스트라디바리우스 악기 중에서 현존하는 것은 약 550개뿐으로 2011년 다른 바이올린이 경매에 나왔을 때 1590만 달러(약 186억 원)의 가격이 매겨졌다.


바이올린은 1980년 토텐버그가 매사추세츠주(州) 공연을 마친 후 지인들에게 인사를 하는 사이에 없어졌다.


2011년에 사망한 다른 바이올리니스트가 훔쳤을 것이라는 의혹이 있었지만, 미 연방수사국(FBI)은 증거를 굳히지 못하고 소추를 단념했다. 이 바이올리니스트의 전 부인이 올해 6월 감정사에 들고와 곧바로 FBI로 연락이 들어왔다.


사정을 모르는 전 부인은 반환에 동의했다. 유족은 소유할 만한 연주자에게 판매할 생각이다. 전문가에 따르면 스트라디바리우스의 악기는 희소 가치가 높고 암시장에서 전매는 어렵다. 도난당하더라도 최종적으로 세상 밖으로 나오는 사례가 드물지 않다.【뉴욕 교도】

 

Stolen Stradivarius Violin Found After 35 Years 


Sisters Amy Totenberg, left, Nina Totenberg, center, and Jill Totenberg get their first look at the Ames Stradivarius violin that was stolen from their father, renowned violinist Roman Totenberg 35 years ago, in New York, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Nina Totenberg said the violin surfaced in June when a woman had it appraised in New York and the appraiser immediately contacted authorities. According to court documents, the woman voluntarily returned the violin to the Totenberg family and told investigators she did not know it was stolen. She has not been accused of any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig


The Ames Strad, which was taken from musician Roman Totenberg's office in 1980, is found in the belongings of a dead man.


A Stradivarius violin which disappeared 35 years ago has been found after it was handed in by the ex-wife of a man suspected of stealing it.


The instrument was taken from the office of the virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1980.


It was reported stolen after it was taken from Longy Music School but police did not believe there was enough evidence to pursue the chief suspect.


The violin - today worth millions - remained missing until it was discovered by chance in the belongings of Phillip Johnson after he died.


Johnson's ex-wife broke the lock on the case and pulled out the stringed instrument and saw it had a label on that said it was made in 1734 by the most famous violin maker of all time, Antonio Stradivari.


When she got in touch with a violin expert, she was shocked to be told that it was indeed one of only 550 Stradivariuses left in the world, but it had been reported stolen.


Violin appraiser Phillip Injeian confirmed that it was the Ames Stradivarius, so-called because it had been played by the violinist George Ames in the late 1800s.


He told US public service broadcaster NPR: "I opened the case and looked at the instrument (and) checked it out for over a half hour before I said anything.


"And I said these words: 'Well, I've got good news for you, and I've got bad news for you. The good news is that this is a Stradivarius. The bad news it was stolen 35, 36 years ago from Roman Totenberg'."


The FBI's Art Team contacted one of Mr Totenberg's daughters, Nina.


She wrote on the NPR website: "I got a call from FBI Special Agent Christopher McKeogh. 'We believe that the FBI has recovered your father's stolen violin,' he said.


"I had a hard time actually believing it. I called my sisters right away and we were soon laughing and crying on the phone."


She revealed her father had always suspected Johnson had stolen the violin but had been unable to convince the authorities to execute a search warrant.


Johnson had been an aspiring violinist who had been seen outside Mr Totenberg's office.

Ms Totenberg said Johnson eventually moved to California and had an undistinguished musical career and died aged 58, a year before her father passed away in 2012, aged 101. 

The violin is due to be returned to Mr Totenberg's daughters Nina, Jill and Amy on Thursday after an agreement in the US federal court that saw them agreeing to pay back the $250,000 insurance money their father received after its theft.


For violin historians it solves a mystery and leaves just one Stradivarius unaccounted for - the Davidoff-Morini Strad - which was taken from the apartment of violinist Erica Morini in 1995.


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