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28 July 2015, 16:19
This violin was also the most expensive engagement gift of all time.
The Titanic violin has had a rough time
Not only was it lost underwater for ten days before crews before being retrieved, it's also had to go through an extensive verification process in recent years. Here it is being examined by a surprisingly casual man:
It was then auctioned for stupid money
The Titanic violin, played by bandleader Wallace Hartley as the ship sank on April 14th 1912, officially became the most expensive piece of Titanic memorabilia when it was auctioned in 2013, fetching a none-too-shabby $1.7 million. The director of the auction house that sold it, Andrew Aldridge, said: "I can honestly say I don’t think any other article has made people show as much emotion as this one.”
Oh, and it was also an engagement present to Hartley from his fiancée, Maria
This is the hymn that Hartley and his band supposedly played as the Titanic was sinking:
Now, you can see it in the flesh
If you happen to be near Tennessee or Missouri, then you can see the violin itself on display.
As are we. JUST LOOK AT IT:
Is it ridiculous to wonder what it would sound like if someone played it? What would those two massive cracks do to the sound? And shouldn't they stick a couple extra strings on it?!