20 Jul 2017
October 23, 2013 - Filed under: History of Antiques — Harriet

A violin that belonged to the bandmaster of the Titanic has recently been sold at auction for £900,000.

The violin was owned by Wallace Hartley, who died when the Titanic sank in 1912. Accounts of the incident have suggested that Hartley and the other musicians continued to play as the ship went down. When his body was recovered from the Atlantic, the violin was in a case and secured to his body.

The violin is believed to have been a gift to Hartley from his fiancée Maria Robinson. Although its discovery in 2006 caused concern about the authenticity of the instrument, the years since have seen specialists in objects from the Titanic confirm that the item is genuine.

The leather case that contained the violin bears the initials W. H. H and, together with the violin, was recently auctioned. The violin was expected to raise up to £400,000 – but amazed everyone when its worth reached £900,000. The bidding started at £50, but the price continued to increase as four telephone bidders fought for the instrument. It took around 10 minutes to sell.

The previous record price paid for an item from the Titanic – £220,000 – was set by a 32-foot plan of the ship two years ago.

Antiques often have a tale behind them – although thankfully not as tragic as this one. People who are looking for items of antique furniture that have a rich history may want to look for Victorian dining chairs . Preston has reputable dealers who will be able to showcase a range of items.

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