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Titanic violin goes up for auction in Devizes today
The violin confirmed to have belonged to the leader of the band that played while the Titanic went down is expected to make a record-breaking sum when it is auctioned in Devizes this afternoon.
It is expected to be the most expensive single item to have been sold at auction house Henry Aldridge & Son in Bath Road.
The violin, which has been on show around the world, is likely to make a six-figure sum and attract interest from collectors around the world.
It belonged to Wallace Hartley, who was one of the 1,500 who died in the disaster in April 1912.
He led the band as they played on to keep up the spirits of those passengers who were unable to get onto the inadequate number of lifeboats aboard the “unsinkable” liner.
Acknowledged Titanic expert Henry Aldridge & Son commissioned research to establish that the violin is incontrovertibly the one found floating on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean the day after the sinking.
The violin bears a plaque saying: “For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement, from Maria.”
The instrument returned to Devizes on Tuesday after being shown to audiences all over the world. It has appeared at Titanic museums in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in the United States and at the Titanic Belfast Centre in the city of the liner’s birth.
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