City taxi officials say a GPS device in the cab led to the quick return of the instrument to Korean violinist Hanh-Bin on Monday. The violin is valued at around $600,000.
The musician had taken a cab from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to his Chinatown apartment early Monday morning. He inadvertently left behind the violin and a credit card.
Hanh-Bin's violin wasn't the most expensive instrument ever to have been left in a New York City taxi.
In 2001, musician Lynn Harrell left behind a 328-year-old Stradivarius cello worth $4 million. In 1999, cellist Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5 million, 266-year-old cello.
Both instruments were eventually returned to their owners.