Art Hostage has learnt from Otto Von Johnson that old Roddy von Bennigsen, whilst at his London home, suffered a dramatic loss last Friday at his Hanover manor house back in Germany.
On a hit list for some time due the lack of security, the Manor was approached over farmland by thieves driving 4x4's.
A simple lifting of sash windows was all that was needed, no alarms, then once inside the thieves headed for the the prize, a Stradivarius violin.
However, as the thieves were not experts they also took other violins to make sure they got the Stradivarius.
These included violins by Olgemalde and a couple of Silberleuchter's.
The Stradivarius is worth upward of $3million and could be valued at $10 million for insurance.
The other violins are worth a couple of million dollars $2 million.
The thieves left through the window and fled across the fields in the 4x4's, making good their escape.
After a period of being laid down locally the Stradivarius will be offered in the Underworld as collateral before heading to a criminal venture capitalist, who will have a long term investment view.
Perhaps the Balkanisation of these violins initially ??
The Bennigsen Stradivarius joins the Oistrakh, Ames, Lamourex, Davidov-Morini, Colossus, Le Maurien, and Lipinski Stradivarius violins that have been stolen or thought missing as with the Lipinski.
To be continued.............................................