​Titanic Violin Found, Sunken Treasure Goes Up For Auction

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March 15, 2013
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The Titanic left Wallace Hartley’s violin, which was recently found and will be auctioned after the final scientific tests are complete to prove its authenticity. If proven, it is expected to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but experts believe it to be genuine.

Hartley’s fiance gave the instrument to him after their engagement. The anonymous owner claims she retrieved the violin after his death.

The violin believed to have belonged to the heroic band master who played as the Titanic sunk is set to sold at auction for a record price.

The auction will take place on April 20 by Titanic experts Henry Aldridge and Son based in Devizes, Wiltshire.

It has passed all other tests over the last seven years and the results of the last investigation are due early next month.

A plan of the Titanic used in the inquiry into the doomed ship sold for a record $341,462 in 2011 but it is believed the instrument will exceed
this price.

The fate of the violin has always been a mystery to Titanic scholars. All eight members of the band perished in the disaster as passengers lined up for evacuation to the lifeboats. The bodies of the band leader and two other musicians were pulled from the water by a search crew from the CS Mackay-Bennett and taken to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Violinist John Law Hume from Dumfries in Scotland and bass player John Frederick Preston Clarke from Liverpool were laid to rest in Halifax but Hartley’s body was repatriated to England and buried at Colne, Lancashire, the town where he was born and raised.