Yuzuko Horigome and her guitar. Photo used with permission from Change.org Japan.

Yuzuko Horigome and her violin. Photo used with permission from Change.org Japan.

On August 16, 2012, German customs officials at Frankfurt Airport seized a Guarneri violin from Japanese professional musician Yuzuko Horigome when she failed to present correct documentation. They demanded that she pay nearly US$ 500,000 in order to get it back.

Some 5,400 people signed a petition on Change.org asking Frankfurt Airport Customs to release the violin without requiring any payment.