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07/31/2012 11:16 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2012

Stradivarius Violin Found On Train, Turned In By Good Samaritan

A French chemist checks a Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris,
A French chemist checks a Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris, on December 3, 2009. For centuries, historians of music, instrument makers and chemists have been trying to decipher how Antonio Stradivari, working in the small Italian town of Cremona three centuries ago, was able to make violins whose acoustic qualities have never been surpassed. According to a French-German study published on December 4, 2009, on five violins stored at the Musee de la Musique (Cité de la Musique), the varnish applied on the violins had red pigments added. AFP PHOTO PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

A forgetful musician was in luck when the lost Stradivarius violin was found at Switzerland's Bern train station's lost and found after he absentmindedly left it on a Swiss train two days earlier.

The unnamed musician had borrowed the priceless instrument from a friend and accidentally left it on the train when he stepped off in Bern, Switzerland.

Transit staff searched the train to no avail, and authorities were contacted to review surveillance tapes. According to The Telegraph, another passenger was spotted leaving the train at a different station with the rare violin in hand. Although authorities reportedly launched an appeal for help to locate the lost property, a good samaritan turned in the precious item to Bern train station's lost and found on Sunday.

While the actual value of the instrument is up for debate, one thing is known for sure -- the Stradivarius violin, named after its creator, is very rare. About 600 violins created by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari in the late 1600s and early 1700s remain in existence today.

The expensive antiques are prized for their unparalleled musical quality. A well-perserved Stradivarius sold for an astounding $15.9 million at an auction in 2011, while another of its kind sold for a cool $3.5 million in 2006.

This is not the first time a lost Stradivarius has been returned to its owner by a good samaritan. In 2008, a New York City cab driver found a misplaced violin in the back of his car and contacted its owner, Philippe Quint, in order to return the prized item, priced at $4 million. To thank the helpful cab driver, Quint staged an impromptu concert for his fellow drivers.

Check out the galley below to see other random acts of kindness performed by strangers.

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