$172K violin left on Philly-bound bus is recovered

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Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 23 at 4:02 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rare violin worth $172,000 that was mistakenly left onboard a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan has been found.

Megabus USA director Bryony (BRY'-oh-nee) Chamberlain said Friday that a cleaning crew recovered the instrument, which had been left in an overhead bin earlier this week.

Muchen Hsieh (moo-SHEHN' SHEE'-uh) tells KYW-TV she noticed she didn't have the violin late Tuesday after getting picked up by the family hosting her visit to the Philadelphia area. She called the bus company but was told at that time that the violin hadn't been found.

Philadelphia police began asking the public for help on Thursday.

Hsieh says a Taiwanese culture foundation lent her the violin for her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston. It was made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples.

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