A Korean cattle farmer has offered his violin for sale for one and a half million dollars (641,000 pounds sterling).
GV Nam Weon street scene and SV sign (2 shots)
GV Pan Mr. Pu Chung Won's house
SV Mr. Pu taking violin case out of cupboard
SV Mr. Pu
CU Violin in case (4 shots)
SV Pan from violin to Mr. Pu looking at encyclopedia
CU Stem of violin
SCU Mr. Pu playing
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Background: A Korean cattle farmer has offered his violin for sale for one and a half million dollars (641,000 pounds sterling). For Pu Chung Won who has only 30 head of cattle claims he owns a Stradivarius.
Mr. Pu says his violin bears the signatures of Antonio Vivaldi and Nicolo Paganini. He inherited the instrument from his grandfather, a curio dealer who obtained it from a French missionary in 1892 -- in exchange for five pieces of old Korean pottery.
The twenty-nine year-old farmer set the price at one-and-a-half million dollars because he remembered seeing a news report a few years ago that a Stradivarius was sold for two million dollars (909 thousand pounds sterling). It he finds a buyer, he will use the money to expand his farm.
But a London firm of violin maker which has the world's finest collection of antique violins was sceptical about Mr. Pu's claim. On occasions, violins have had forged maker's label inserted and although the owner may not be aware of it, the violin may not be what it appears to be.