Toronto Police Say Someone Lost An Ultra-Rare 260-Year-Old Violin On The Toronto Subway


An incredibly valuable instrument is on the loose after Toronto Police reported someone had lost their violin on the TTC subway system on Friday evening.

According to the release, the violin is 263 years old and from the 18th century, which skyrockets its worth up into the thousands.

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The year the violin was made

Toronto Police report that the instrument is a 1757 Concert violin built by Lorenzo Carcassi, an Italian instrument maker in the 18th century.

The violin was kept in a red BAM case. 

For reference, a Lorenzo and Tommasso Carcassi violin from 1755 was listed at approximately $45,830 CAD on Christie’s back in 2003.

But depending on the condition of the instrument, it could be worth tens of thousands more.

On Friday night, when the violin was lost, the owner reportedly travelled on Line 1 from College to Bloor-Yonge before transferring onto Line 2 and heading westbound to St. George.

There, they made a final change to Line 1 and travelled north to St. Clair West.

When they left St. Clair station, they realized their violin was missing.

“13 Division investigators are looking to speak with anyone who has the violin, has seen it, or knows where it can be found,” police said in a statement.


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