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German Customs Seize $1.2 million violin

A Japanese professional musician had her Guarnerius violin seized because she could not provide documents for her 1986 purchase. Belgium-based Yuzuko Horigome was transiting through Frankfurt Airport last week after performing in Japan, the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said. German Customs said she would have to pay duties and fines to the total of $474,000.