18th-century viola lost-and-found in taxi

September 28, 2008 6:52:11 AM PDT
A New York City taxi driver has hit all the right notes by returning an 18th-century viola worth thousands of dollars to a passenger who left it in the back seat of his car. New Jersey Symphony Violist Ann Roggen says she was heartbroken when she realized she had left her instrument in the cab driven by Deniz Getting after he dropped her off at her Upper West Side home.

She says she tried to accept that an era of her life was "over."

But on Friday Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus appeared at her door with the $40,000 viola in hand.

The TLC said it used GPS to determine which cab Roggen had taken. The driver will receive an award for returning the instrument.

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