A gold violin that was once made in the United States but then became the property of a Chinese company in the Philippines has now been returned to its rightful owners in China, according to the U.S. government.
The violin was made by the National Symphony Orchestra in the U of A in Canada, but it was stolen by a Chinese collector in the Philippine city of Cebu in 2016.
The violin is worth a total of $2.6 million, according, according CNN Money.
The stolen violin was then purchased by a Japanese businessman and returned to the Philippine orchestra, according the U:S.
Department of State.
The violins were stolen after a Chinese woman who was not familiar with the violin’s history was able to open the box and remove the strings, according TOI.
She told CNN Philippines that she had only opened the box for the violin and had not expected to find anything valuable inside.
The Philippine government has ordered the violin to be returned to a rightful owner.
The violins value of about $2 million was based on a survey that was carried out in the city of Pasig City, which is located in the province of Luzon.
The National Symphony orchestra in the country is a nonprofit organization that offers concerts for international and local audiences.