A violin, which is believed to have been played as the Titanic sank, has been sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million). The instrument, belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who died along with 1,500 others as the ship went down in 1912. The violin, of German make has a silver plate screwed onto the base with the engraving: “For Wallace, on the occasion of our engagement. From Maria.” Auctioneer Alan Aldridge said the violin was the “rarest and most iconic” piece of Titanic memorabilia. The buyer, who bid over the phone, wished to remain anonymous.
[ Henry Aldridge / Via: BBC ]