Fifty-four stringed instruments and 70 bows apparently were the victims in a bitter marital break-up between a dealer and collector/luthier.
Though it occurred in 2014, Midori Kawamiya was arrested Tuesday in connection with the incident, according to numerous news accounts. Kawamiya is a 34-year-old instrument dealer who was arrested in Japan upon returning from China.
Her Norwegian ex-husband is collector and luthier Daniel Olsen Chen, 62.
Kawamiya admitted to breaking into Chen's workshop in Nagoya in 2014 while he was out of town, but she denied that she damaged the instruments, collectively worth around ¥105.9 million (about $950,000 USD), The Japan Times reported Wednesday.
Chen, whose company is called Daniel Violins, in August 2016 posted the following video about the incident:
The most valuable instrument in the collection was reportedly his own Amati, worth about $450,000, according to The Strad..Tweet
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