Titanic’s ‘Most Important’ Relic Revealed

    FILE - In this April 10, 1912 file photo, the liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City. Five days into her journey, the ship struck an iceberg and sank, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 people. The first interviews of survivors, and the first impressions of people across the world, of the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise liner that ran aground and tipped over in Italy, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, are yielding predictable comparisons to the Titanic tragedy. (AP Photo, File)

    Titanic leaves Southampton, England on April 10, 1912. (AP)

    Remember that scene in Titanic when a violinist and other band members played music on deck as passengers climbed into lifeboats, while Rose and Jack were freezing their buns off in the belly of the sinking ship? Well, the music thing actually happened—and the bandmaster’s salt-stained, water-damaged violin has been declared the “most important artifact” related to the ship by Titanic auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, who spent seven years confirming its authenticity. The instrument is worth six figures and will likely be sold in auction in the near future, but for now will be exhibited in Wiltshire, England, and later in Northern Ireland, where the ship was built.

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