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It belonged to violinist Min-Jin Kym, a celebrated international soloist and chamber musician. After chasing leads across Europe, the instrument made in 1696 was recovered three years later by police in the Midlands. The thieves tried to sell it for just £100.

Bidding will start at £1m on December 18. Tarisio set the world record at public auction for a violin in 2011 with the sale of the 'Lady Blunt' Stradivarius for an overall £9.8m.