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THE SCOOP | Toronto Police Want Your Help To Find Historic Violin Lost On Subway

By Michael Vincent on December 20, 2020

Lorenzo-Carcassi Violin, 1757
Lost Lorenzo-Carcassi 1757 Concert Violin in a bright red BAM case (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Police Service)

Update: Toronto Police now report that the violin has been recovered. Details.

Have you seen this violin? Investigators from the Toronto police 13 Division are asking the public for any information on the whereabouts of a 263-year-old violin that went missing on the TTC Subway Thursday around 6:30 pm.

The violin is a 1757 Lorenzo-Carcassi with a red hard-shell BAM case. The case also has a black handle and a shoulder strap.

According to police, the instrument went missing while the owner was travelling westbound to St. George station, making a final transfer to Line 1 towards St. Clair West station. The violin was first noticed missing after the owner had left St. Clair station.

The owner has previously transferred from the TTC subway system Line 1 from College Street station northbound to the Bloor-Yonge station.

According to the Police, the violin has not been turned in to the TTC’s lost and found.

“This is something we’ll be working hard to solve and we’ll be reviewing video in the subway,” Const. Edward Parks said Saturday. “We are seeking the public’s assistance in helping resolve this.”

Bright red BAM violin case
Lost Lorenzo-Carcassi 1757 Concert Violin in a bright red BAM case (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Police Service)
Bright red BAM violin case
Bright red BAM violin case (Photo courtesy of the Toronto Police Service)

The violin was made in 1757 by the Florentine 18th-century violin maker Lorenzo Carcassi and his brother Tomaso. A recent auction for a similar Lorenzo Carcassi violin from April 2012 at Christie’s was $18,750. The Tarisio instrument auction house recorded the highest price on auction was set at $62,500 in Oct 2008.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.

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Michael Vincent is the Editor-in-chief Ludwig Van and CEO of Museland Media. He publishes regularly and writes occasionally. A specialist in digital media for over 15 years, he has worked as a senior editor and is a former freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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