Titanic bandmaster's violin sold at auction

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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)

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The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic to calm passengers as it sank sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million euros) on Saturday, a world record fee for memorabilia from the doomed liner.

The instrument, found strapped to the body of Wallace Hartley after he drowned along with 1,500 others in the disaster in 1912, was sold at Titanic specialist auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, southwest England. (AFP)

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