HANNOVER, Germany (AP) -- Police say a violin made by Antonio Stradivari and valued at some $4 million has been stolen from a manor house in northern Germany.
Police spokeswoman Edda Noethel says the break-in at Bennigsen manor near Hannover occurred on Friday evening.
She said on Tuesday that silver candlesticks, an oil painting, medals belonging to the owner's family and two violins -- including the Stradivarius -- were taken. The manor houses an annual classical music festival.
Stradivari lived from 1644-1737. He made more than 1,100 violins, of which some 600 survive. The bowed string instruments are coveted because of their beauty and superior sound qualities.
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