American arrested trying to sell stolen violins

12th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 11, 2007 (AFP) - An American has been arrested in Paris trying to sell two violins stolen from a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, police said Sunday.

PARIS, March 11, 2007 (AFP) - An American has been arrested in Paris trying to sell two violins stolen from a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, police said Sunday.

The man approached dealers in the Paris district specalising in musical instruments with a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Guillaume in 1855, for which he was asking 50,000 euros.

The other instrument, by the 18th century Italian violinmaker Tononi, was estimated at 200,000 euros.

But the theft of the instruments last winter had immediately been posted on the Internet. One of the dealers alerted the police, who had no trouble making an arrest.

The man, said to be in his 50s and living in the Netherlands, was believed to be only a fence, and is expected to be quickly extradited to the United States, police said.

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Subject: French news

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