The violin that was being played by the bandmaster of the Titanic’s orchestra while the ship was sinking during her maiden voyage in 1912 was auctioned today for US$ 1.45 million at the British auction house Henry Aldridge and Son.
Henry Aldridge and Sons, an auction house in the U.K., claims it has proof that a violin it will auction for a client next year was played by Wallace Hartley, bandleader on the R.M.S. Titanic, as the ship sank on April 15, 1912.
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.