Rumor: Violin from Titanic heads to auction, could get record price

Violin from Titanic could bring a record-breaking price if proved authentic.

UNCONFIRMED:  Violin from the Titanic going to auction

The Daily Mail reports that "a violin believed to have belonged to the heroic band master who played as the Titanic sunk" is heading to auction in April and its price is expected to break records.

The find could fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds — if it is proved to be genuinely from the Titanic, which reportedly is expected, despite the tremendous odds. Newspapers at the time of the tragedy reported that the violin was found strapped to the chest of deceased band leader Wallace Hartley. However, an official itemization performed later didn't mention the instrument of lore. The band famously continued playing as the oceanliner sank.

'The screams went on'

A century has passed since the "unsinkable" steamer struck an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew. (See animation here.) An officer recalled later that as he manned a lifeboat in the harrowing historic event, he heard "all the screams." "The screams went on for some considerable time."

Titanic auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son says its last auction broke world record prices for such Titanic memorabilia as a first-class lunch menu featuring fresh lobsters and roast beef  – it sold to a private collector for about $99,000 (64,000 pounds). The auctioneer's website says the April auction promises to be its "best yet with a wonderful array of unique material related to the Titanic to go under the auctioneers hammer."

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