For Sale: Bandleader's Violin ... That Went Down With Titanic
Expected to fetch almost half a million
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2013 11:24 AM CDT
A violin believed to be the one played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley will go up for auction tomorrow.   (AP Photo/Henry Aldridge and Son)

(Newser) – If you have a good chunk of change to spare, you may be able to snatch up a piece of Titanic history tomorrow—perhaps even play a tune on it. A water-damaged violin believed to have belonged to the historic ship's bandleader will hit the auction block, and it could fetch close to $500,000 at Henry Aldridge & Son—which would make it the most expensive piece of Titanic memorabilia ever sold. As legend has it, bandmaster Wallace Hartley played the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee" before he met his end in the icy water, where he was found with his leather violin case still upon him, the Los Angeles Times reports, though the paper notes that's likely a myth.

If interested, you'll likely do battle with others touched by the story of the orchestra playing on as the ship sank, in an effort to comfort the doomed passengers; that part of the story, at least, has been corroborated by witnesses. "It is just a remarkable piece of history," the auctioneer tells the AP. "I have been an auctioneer for 20 years, but I have never seen an item that brings out this degree of emotion in people before." The most expensive piece of Titanic memorabilia to date? A 32-foot drawing of the Titanic, used in the inquiry following the disaster, which sold for $350,000.

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Oct 19, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
So, did they find it floating around after the ship went down?
Oct 18, 2013 9:23 PM CDT
Just another example of the gullibility of the public that the New World Order intends to hinge its desired enslavement of humanity on. The entire story of the Titanic is a lie. There are holes everywhere in it. No seafaring individual would tempt the seas. They would never think of going out with too few lifeboats! For that matter, though, during the hours it took the ship to go down, it was more than possible to cobble together workable floating platforms. The S.S. Californian was only ten miles away and saw Titanic shooting off distress flares and apparently listing. The lie goes that they thought Titanic was just celebrating and the listing was just an optical illusion. But, again, no seafarer would ever, under any circumstances, play around with what might be a catastrophe. If they have to go out of their way to ensure that someone is not in distress, they will! And in the time it took for Titanic to sink, at least one of their boats could have been launched, carrying crew, to contact California. In the news film of Titanic leaving Southamption, the tugs helping it have their names scratched out on the film! Giant, constantly changing blobs of light cover their sterns, where someone has removed their names! A news film of Titanic's Captain Smith also has him standing near what looks like a bulletin board of sorts, and one of the items on the board has its entries scratched out on the film. And the story about the musicians playing was also a lie. It was too cold for the musicians to play without bulky clothing and gloves, but, also, it turns out, it was too cold for the instruments to play at all! During Barack Obama's first inauguration, held far south of where the Titanic supposedly sank, they had to used taped music because the air was too cold for Yo-Yo Ma's cello, Itzhak Perlman's violin or Anthony McGill's clarinet to work! It was patently impossible that a band could have been playing on the deck the night the Titanic went down.
Oct 18, 2013 6:19 PM CDT
Howzit pen pal?