A priceless Stradivarius violin that was stolen from an office at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1980 has been recovered by federal agents, 35 years ago after it was lost.
The instrument, known as the Ames Stradivarius, belonged to reknowned musician Roman Totenberg, and was made in Italy in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari.
There had been no developments in the search for the Stradivarius until June this year, when Nina received a phone call from FBI agents, telling her it was in federal custody.
Speaking to the AP Wednesday, Nina Totenberg said: "I could hardly believe it at the time. I said 'I have to call my sisters. I'll tell them not to get their hopes up,' but he said, 'You don't have to do that. This is the violin'".
According to the FBI, the violin resurfaced on June 26 at a hotel in Manhattan, where a woman, claiming to have received the instrument from a former spouse, had brought it to be appraised.
You can listen to Nina Totenberg's story for NPR here:
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