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Stradivarius snatched from sandwich shop

A world-famous violinist had her £1.2m Stradivarius violin stolen when she stopped to buy a £2.95 sandwich for her lunch.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Min-Jin Kym was on her way to catch a train when opportunistic thieves struck, reports the Daily Telegraph.

They stole her 314-year-old Stradivarius violin along with a Peccatte bow worth £62,000 as she bought a sandwich at London's Euston station.

Miss Kym, 32, had put her prized instrument - one of only 450 in the world - down as she chose her lunch at a branch of Pret A Manger.

Pret worker Hafid Salah told of Miss Kym's panic when she realised her violin had vanished.

He said: "She and her friend were on computers and iPhones and not looking at their bags.

"She came up to me at the counter and said: "Have you seen my bag? Call the police. Can you get the CCTV? You have to do something". She was really upset and panicking."

Det Insp Andy Rose said: "These items hold enormous sentimental and professional value for the victim but although they are extremely valuable, it would be very difficult to sell them on as they are so rare and distinctive."

South Korean-born Miss Kym has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and released Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major on the Sony label.

Insurers have offered a £15,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the violin and bows. It was on long-term loan to Miss Kym and it is not known who owns it.

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