Porthole 24 Oct 13

A BRITISH collector has spent £900,000 in purchasing the very violin played by Wallace Hartley, who was the band leader aboard doomed ocean liner Titanic, which went down with 1,500 souls on 15 Apr 1912. Hartley and his seven band members all perished in the disaster but prior, played on as passengers scrambled into lifeboats, with his body recovered ten days afterward. The violin, inside its case, was strapped to his body at the time. After Hartley’s fiancee Maria passed away in 1939, the violin was donated to her Salvation Army band and gradually ...
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