Titanic Violin Fetches 3 Times More Than Expected
Goes for nearly $1.5M at auction
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 11:04 AM CDT
This undated handout image from auction house Henry Aldridge and Son shows a violin believed to be the one played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley.   (AP Photo/Henry Aldridge and Son)

(Newser) – A violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic, who famously went down with the ship, was already expected to fetch a record price at auction: almost $500,000, which would have made it the most expensive piece of Titanic memorabilia ever sold. Well, it hit that record mark and then some: It sold for three times the guide price, almost $1.5 million, the BBC reports. According to a diary belonging to bandleader Wallace Hartley's fiancee, the violin was salvaged from the water and given to her.

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Oct 20, 2013 11:50 PM CDT
Since grave robbing is now legal and profitable how about we just dig up all of the graves prior to 1912 and sell at auction all of the contents. What a bunch of sick people.
Oct 20, 2013 4:46 PM CDT
I have my doubts about a violin immersed in salt water for any amount of time to come out still looking like a violin. IMO it would be warped and cracked all over. It would have a lot of damage.
Oct 19, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
Despite the auction price (some people will spend anything to get what they think no one else can)... was this violin actually tested for salt water? Are they sure it went down -- then popped up -- with the Titantic? The whole thing sounds.... a little hinkey, for $1.5 mill.