GPS helps find 18th century violin


New York – A musician has been reunited with his 18th-century violin after he mistakenly left it in a New York City cab.

City taxi officials say a GPS device in the cab led to the quick return of the instrument to Korean violinist Hanh-Bin on Monday. The violin is valued at around $600 000.

The musician had taken a cab from Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts to his Chinatown apartment in lower Manhattan early on Monday morning.

He inadvertently left behind the violin and a credit card.

Hanh-Bin’s violin wasn’t the most expensive instrument ever to have been left in a New York City taxi.

In 2001, musician Lynn Harrell left behind a 328-year-old Stradivarius cello worth $4m.

In 1999, cellist Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5m, 266-year-old cello.

Both instruments were eventually returned to their owners.

– AP