South Korean-born violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin accidently left his $500,000 18th century Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin in the back of a New York City cab.

It was only after the exhausted fiddler had taken a shower in his Chinatown apartment that he realized what had happened.

City taxi officials say a GPS device in the cab led to the quick return of the instrument to the Korean violinist on Monday.

The 22-year-old prodigy, who is preparing to make his debut at Carnegie Hall in October, is said to have cried: ‘My baby!’ as officials handed it back to him.

Hahn-Bin’s violin was not 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 $4million. In 1999, cellist Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5million, 266-year-old cello.

Both instruments were eventually returned to their owners. Source: DailyMail