The Violin That Played While The Titanic Sank Has Been Found


1. Remember the band-plays-on scene from “Titanic”?

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2. It really happened. And now the violin played by bandmaster Wallace Hartley has been found and positively identified, according to British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son.

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The auction house worked tirelessly with forensic scientists, Oxford University, and a Hartley biographer to identify the violin, according to the Associated Press. The instrument is still in good condition, despite being water-stained and cracked.

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4. According to the auction house, Hartley’s body was found strapped to a large valise with the violin inside. It then went from his fiancee to a Salvation Army and a violin teacher.

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5. The relic will go on display at Belfast City Hall at the end of March.

The Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, less than a mile from city hall.

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