A Stradivarius violin valued at 1.2 million pounds ($1.84 million) that was stolen from a musician in a London eatery in 2010 was found this week, Britain's Transport Police said Tuesday.

Made in 1696, the instrument was found intact inside its case on a property in central England.

The violin was stolen from acclaimed South Korean musician Min-Jin Kym on Nov. 29, 2010, at a sandwich shop at London's Euston station.

"It's been a very difficult journey. I still can't quite believe what has happened," Kym said.

"The loss of the instrument, and the acute responsibility I felt, was at the back of my mind at every moment of the day. I'd played the instrument since I was a teenager, so it'd been a huge part of my identity for many years," she said.

While three people were convicted and sentenced in 2011 in connection with the theft, the violin remained missing.

"Though it took some time to successfully locate and recover the violin, we were confident it had remained in the UK," the lead investigator, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Taylor, said.

"I always maintained that its rarity and distinctiveness would make any attempt to sell it extremely difficult, if not futile, because established arts and antiques dealers would easily recognize it as stolen property," Taylor said. EFE