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Stolen Stradivarius recovered after 35 years

Heirs of the owner to sell the US$5m violin so it will 'once again charm concert-goers'

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CLASSIC INHERITANCE: The Totenberg sisters posing with the recovered Stradivarius violin in New York. The violin, made in 1734, had been stolen in 1980.

New York

A PRICELESS Stradivarius stolen 35 years ago from an American concert violinist was back in the hands of his heirs on Thursday - a happy ending to a long-running mystery cracked by a luthier's keen expert eye.

The violin - made in 1734 and estimated to be worth US$5