Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Overactive customs agents in Switzerland

The sad story of a Stradivarius, on loan from the Austrian central bank to a noted young violinist, seized at the Swiss border by over-zealous customs agents.

The rest of the story, for which I could not find an English language link, is that the violinist was not ever able to bring the violin into Switzerland for use in a planned concert. Instead, an official from the Austrian central bank ultimately went to the border and retrieved the violin.

Hat tip: Herr Prof. Dr. Michael Lechner

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