A U.K. auction house, Henry Aldridge and Sons, claims to have the violin played by Wallace Hartley, the R.M.S. Titanic's bandleader, as the ship sank 101 years ago. While some dispute it is the right instrument, the evidence is compelling.
The image of the band playing as chaos reigned on the sinking RMS Titanic is one of the images that is indelibly etched onto the imagination of many. Not one of those 8 band members survived the tragedy but a letter written by their leader did.