A violin, believed to have been played on the Titanic as it sank, was auctioned for more $1.6 million this past weekend. The sea-corroded instrument is believed to have been belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley. He was one of the disasters 1,500 victims.
As seen in the blockbuster film, “Titantic”, the band continued playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as passengers panic and the ship sinks into the icy waters. The violin, with the inscription “For WALLACE on the occasion of our ENGAGEMENT from MARIA”, was believed to be strapped to the musician’s body in a leather case.
The violin was returned to Hartley’s fiancée, Maria Robinson, in England in 1939. After her death, it was donated to the Salvation Army Band and later passed on, eventually settling with the current owner whose identity has not been disclosed. The buyer who bid on the German made violin wished to remain anonymous.
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium will be hosting a premier exhibition “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition”, November 16, 2013 through April 20, 2014. Visit the exhibit and witness “nearly 100 legendary artifacts conserved from the ship’s debris field showcased offering a poignant look at this Ship and its passengers.”
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