Three electric violins, stolen from Kennedy in 2005, reappear in North Wales auction house
After a seven year disappearance, three distinctive electric violins are to be returned to Nigel Kennedy. The violins were taken from Kennedy’s tour bus in Liverpool in 2005, when he was visiting the city to perform at the Cavern Club as part of a UK jazz tour.
The three Violectra instruments, with a combined value of £26,000, are emblazoned with the distinctive team colours of Aston Villa football club, whom the violinist famously supports. At the time of the theft, Kennedy joked “I fear for their safety if a Birmingham City fan gets their hands on them.”
The violins surfaced at the Clwyd Auction Centre in Ewloe, Flintshire. They had been brought in by a violin dealer, who had bought them in good faith for £20 each. It was only when the auctioneers searched on the internet to assess their value that the link with Nigel Kennedy was made. The violins have now been passed to the police and are expected to be returned to their owner in the coming days.