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

(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.

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)
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