Titanic’s violin and jewels

Titanic violin sells for more than $1.4 million at auction

AP Photo/Henry Aldridge and Son

Oct. 2013 LONDON – A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank beneath the waves has sold for 900,000 pounds (some $1.45 million) at auction.

An unidentified bidder on Saturday won the violin, whose metal fixtures appear corroded by seawater and is no longer playable. The violin, with bandmaster Wallace Hartley‘s name on it, is believed to have been found at sea with the musician’s body more than a week after the Titanic sank.

Hartley and his seven fellow band members were among the 1,517 people aboard the Titanic who died after it hit an iceberg. According to some accounts, the band played the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee” to keep spirits up as the passengers boarded lifeboats in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son says the violin has been subject to numerous tests to check its authenticity since it was discovered in 2006. It said earlier this year that the violin was Hartley’s “beyond reasonable doubt.”

The German-made violin was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson, and was engraved with the words “For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria.”

“It is just a remarkable piece of history,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said ahead of Saturday’s auction. “I have been an auctioneer for 20 years, but I have never seen an item that brings out this degree of emotion in people before.”

The musicians have been hailed as heroes for sacrificing their chances of escape.

“Mr. Hartley and the band were very brave people … standing by their posts to the bitter end,” Aldridge said.

Titanic’s jewels on display

Fifteen pieces of jewelry recovered from the wreckage of R.M.S. Titanic recently went on display at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The exhibit, “Jewels of Titanic” is part of “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” and will be on display until May 31, 2013.

Charm necklace
T-Charm_Necklace Charms were believed to bring good luck and this type of jewelry was popular in the Victorian era. This necklace features a good-luck pig, a modified star with a three-leaf clover and a rose cut diamond engraved with the words “This Be Your Lucky Star.”

Button covers
T-Cufflinks These men’s button covers are made from diamond, onyx and gold. They would have been worn on a tuxedo, along with cufflinks and studs.
Diamond filigree pendant


Gold locket


Sapphire and diamond ring

Open locket
T-Open_Locket This small gold locket features an engraving in French that reads, “4 Aout 1910,” or “4 August 1910.” The owner of the locket is unknown.

Thomas William Solomon Brown’s pocket watch

Brown, a 60-year-old South African hotel owner, was a second-class passenger on Titanic, on his way to Seattle, Washington with his wife and daughter. The two women survived in a lifeboat and Brown’s watch was presented to his daughter, Edith Brown Haisman, after it was recovered in 1993.

Three diamond ring


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