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Stolen Amati Viola Recovered in Milan After 26 Years

By Vivien Schweitzer
11 Apr 2006

An Amati viola stolen 26 years ago in Milan and valued at four to five million euros has been recovered, reports Il Giornale.

The instrument is nicknamed the "Viola Medicea" and the "Viola del Crocifisso" because its back is decorated with a crucifix and the Medici family symbol.

The 1595 viola was stolen on October 7, 1980, after violist Albert Bianchi left the instrument in his car, parked in front of La Scala, after a concert. It was recovered in Rosate, a Milan suburb. Three suspects, a 39-year-man from Lodi, a 73-year-old from Pavia, and a 69-year-old from Rosate, have been charged with the theft.

Police from Pavia, Lodi, and Milan collaborated to find the instrument.




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