Titanic violin to display for first time since auction

Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat

2015-08-19 10:58:24

The Titanic violin which brought a world record price at auction in 2013 is to display to the public for the first time since it went up for sale at two US museums next year.

The violin is thought to be the very one played by bandleader Wallace Hartley onboard the sinking Titanic in 1912. It was sold by Wiltshire based auction house Henry Aldridge & Son in 2013 for a record breaking $1.6m.

Hartley and his 8 member band began playing music to calm passengers when the Titanic began to sink, with many survivors of the disaster claiming that the band didnt stop playing until the very end. 

It is believed that the violin was discovered with the body of Hartley which was found almost two weeks after the sinking on the 25th of April 1915. 

It will now go on display at the Titanic museum in Branson Missouri from the 7th of March until the 29th of May and then at Pigeon Forge in Tennessee from 5 June to 14 August 2016.


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