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American Leaves $2.6M Stradivarius Violin on Train in Germany

BERLIN — An American violinist who left her $2.6 million Stradivarius on a train was "more than relieved" when officers retrieved it one minute before it left the station.

The woman forgot the "General Dupont Grumiaux" edition of the famous violin brand on a luggage rack while traveling from Mannheim to Saarbruecken in western Germany on Tuesday.

Realizing her error after leaving the train, she alerted the police. One minute before the train departed, officers found the violin — which dates to 1727 — and returned it to the musician.

After checking that the instrument was not damaged, she was "more than relieved," police said in a statement.