Titanic violin sale to the tune of a new £900,000 record

Titanic and auction house records tumbled in Wiltshire when the violin played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley as the doomed ship slid below the waves 101 years ago sold for £900,000 (plus 15% buyer’s premium).

Bidding came down to a phone battle between a UK collector and a US counterpart, with the former holding on to clinch the sale at Henry Aldridge of Devizes on October 19.

The saleroom had estimated the violin at £200,000-300,000, partly based on the previous Titanic auction record also achieved by Henry Aldridge, for a very large, hand-drawn plan of the ship, used in the official inquiry after it sank, which was sold in May 2011 for £220,000.

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