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Titanic Violin Sells For £900,000 At Auction

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A violin thought to have been played to soothe passengers as the Titanic sank in 1912 has been sold for almost £1 million at auction.

The violin was said to have been found in a case strapped the body of bandleader Wallace Hartley when he was recovered from the icy waters.

About 200 people packed out the sale room at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers to witness the sale.

Mr Hartley famously led his band in playing as the ship went down, including the hymn Nearer My God to Thee.

The violin re-emerged in 2006 after being reportedly discovered in an attic in Yorkshire and its provenance was only verified after seven years of tests and research.

Around 200 people packed out the sale room at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers as Mr Aldridge's brother, Alan Aldridge, started the bidding at just £50 to allow two of his friends to take part in the auction.

But quickly the bidding shot up past £100,000 and the audience gasped as it raced past £350,000.

The room fell silent when the bid reached £750,000 and the violin was eventually sold after intense competition between two telephone bidders.

The previous record for a single piece of Titanic memorabilia stood at £220,000.
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that would be a pretty spectacular piece to own if you were a collector...

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that would be a pretty spectacular piece to own if you were a collector...
It would make me cry I think!

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Re: Titanic Violin Sells For £900,000 At Auction

I said it would go for way more than the reserve price.

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It would make me cry I think!
i think it would make me cry too... just, wow!!

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Re: Titanic Violin Sells For £900,000 At Auction

Wallace Hartley's memorial in Colne Cemetery, Colne, Lancashire, England

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Hartley

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Re: Titanic Violin Sells For £900,000 At Auction

I would have bought it had I been rich.

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wonder who bought it

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wonder who bought it
A private buyer here in Britain

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Re: Titanic Violin Sells For £900,000 At Auction

Yeah, that's rather cool. That would be neat to own, but really... it belongs in a museum

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