Joshua Bell Lookalike Burglarizes Violinist’s Hotel Room

Joshua Bell's Stradivarius violin (not pictured here) has possibly skirted yet another theft: it was at the concert hall being played when an alleged Bell imposter gained entry to the violinist's hotel room.(Photo: LiebeDich (Flickr))
Joshua Bell's Stradivarius violin (not pictured here) has possibly skirted yet another theft: it was at the concert hall being played when an alleged Bell imposter gained entry to the violinist's hotel room.(Photo: LiebeDich (Flickr))

A man claiming to be Joshua Bell gained access to the violinist’s hotel room in Zaragoza, Spain, allegedly stealing his expensive wristwatch and his laptop, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The good news: Bell was performing on his Stradivarius violin, for which Bell reportedly paid nearly four million dollars, at the time of the incident. But this isn’t the first time Bell’s violin – the so-called Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius – has come face to face with violin thieves. The instrument was stolen twice – including once from backstage at Carnegie Hall -while in the possession of violinist Bronisław Huberman.

Read more:

  • Violinist Joshua Bell’s Hotel Room in Spain Is Burglarized (LATimes)
  • A Stolen Stradivarius, a 51-Year-Old Secret (NYTimes)
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