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$20M Stradivarius Cello Broken in Accident

Report indicates it may have fallen off table during photo shoot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 7, 2012 1:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said today. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million. The damage sustained: a piece that joins the neck of the 17th-century instrument to the body of it broke and fell off the rest of the cello. That piece was not original but rather a replacement installed in the 19th century.

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The National Heritage official declined to specify what went wrong. She refused to comment on an El Mundo newspaper report that the instrument fell off a table during a photo session. She confirmed it happened about three weeks ago, and said the cello can and will be repaired. (Read more Stradivari stories.)

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