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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Auction house: We found Titanic violin


    LONDON (AP) -- The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.

    Survivors of the Titanic have said they remember the band, led by Wallace Hartley, playing on deck even as passengers boarded lifeboats after the ship hit an iceberg.

    Hartley's violin was believed lost in the 1912 disaster, but auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son say an instrument unearthed in 2006 and has undergone rigorous testing and proven to be Hartley's................

    The auction house spent the past seven years and thousands of pounds determining the water-stained violin's origins, consulting numerous experts including government forensic scientists and Oxford University..............

    Henry Aldridge and Son said it researched the violin's story with a Hartley biographer as the instrument underwent forensic testing, uncovering documents that showed Hartley was found with a large leather valise strapped to him and the violin inside.

    The violin apparently was returned to Hartley's grieving fiancee, the auction house said, and later ended up in the hands of the Salvation Army before being given to a violin teacher and ultimately Henry Aldridge & Son.............more at link.....

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Thanks for that,facinating.
    Being a guitarist Ive always found the provenance and history of some vintage instruments very interesting.
    As we say in the guitar world that Violin would have some incredible 'Mojo'.
    Lets just hope no one ever decides it would be cool to back Celine Dionne with it.....

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