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    Violin Played on Titanic Sells for $1.6M

    This is an undated handout image from auction house Henry Aldridge and Son made available on Friday Oct. 18, 2013 shows a  violin believed to be the one played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley will now go on auction.   It’s a poignant scene familiar to anyone who has watched “Titanic”  as the ship slides into the icy waters, musicians perform for the passengers, playing with stoic resolve until the final hour. None of the musicians survived in the 1912 disaster in the North Atlantic. The auction house, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia, expects the violin to fetch more than 200,000 pounds (US$323,300) when it goes on sale Saturday Oct 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Henry Aldridge and Son)


    That's a lot of money for an instrument you can't even play anymore. A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before it sank sold at an auction on Saturday for more than $1.6 million—a world record for a Titanic artifact, according to collectors. The ocean-corroded violin is believed to have belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandleader whose story is famously portrayed in James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, when Hartley and his band continued playing "Nearer, My God, to Thee" on the deck even as the ship sank into the icy waters of the Atlantic. The instrument is engraved with Hartley's name, is believed to have been found with his body a week after the vessel sank, and has been subjected to numerous authenticity tests. Congrats to the rich, anonymous buyer who bid by phone.

    Read it at USA Today