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Precious 1835 Italian Violin Returned to New England Conservatory Student

A Boston music student has been reunited with her $170,000 Italian violin after leaving it on a bus while traveling for the holidays, Boston.com reported.

The violin was made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples, Italy, and had been lent to Muchen Hsieh, a violin major currently studying at the New England Conservatory. The violin was lent to her by the Chi Mei Culture Foundation in her native Taiwan while she studies in the United States.

Hsieh lost track of the violin after arriving in Philadelphia, where she was heading to visit relatives, around 11 p.m. Tuesday on a Megabus. She realized that she left the violin behind about 30 minutes after she got off the bus, said Bryony Chamberlain, a Megabus spokesman.

The bus had left the station by the time Hsieh contacted officials, but it was searched at its next stop, in Camden, Pa. There, employees found a violin in an overhead luggage compartment… it was the Jorio violin.

The violin was made in 1835 by Vincenzo Jorio in Naples, according to Philadelphia police. It was insured, KYW-TV in Philadelphia reported.

“Italian violins are worth more than non-Italian violins,’’ said Christopher Reuning, president of Reuning & Son Violins in Boston’s South End.

The most valuable are those made by Antonio Stradivari and the Guarneri family, both from Cremona, Italy, which can sell for up to $16 million, he said.

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