An amazing story. Read it at Der Spiegel:
Machold was the Stradivarius man. There are still about 600 violins, 60 cellos and 12 violas from the famous workshop in Cremona, Italy in existence today, and Machold has held about half of these instruments in his hands. His reputation was so stellar that he was permitted to prepare the appraisals himself for the two Stradivarius instruments given to the Bremen bank as collateral, and he has also appeared in court as an expert witness.
Deitmar Machold was found guilty today in Vienna of fraud involving precious violins. He was sentenced to six years in jail. More than a dozen instruments are still missing. More follows. Read Post
Dietmar Machold, the Austrian violin dealer with a taste for fine castles, had his bail application rejected again this week. He’s being held on multiple theft and fraud charges and apparently struggles to remember the whereabouts o... Read Post