When the Music Stopped… the Legend Began!
RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin, which sold for $1.7 million dollars, the highest price ever paid for any RMS Titanic artifact.
“The Hartley Titanic violin is the single most requested and important artifact our visitors have asked to see again. I really feel that’s because this fragile reminder of Titanic’s final moments plays on untapped emotions that touch the heart,” says President, COO & co-owner Mary Kellogg. “We are grateful and honored to be chosen, above all others, to display this extraordinary piece of Titanic history…and we thank Henry Aldridge and Sons in England, representatives of the anonymous owner, for trusting us with this prized possession.
In 2005 the Hartley Titanic violin was found and authenticated though testing. It was later sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son for $1,700,000, by far the highest ever paid for memorabilia tied to Titanic. “I can’t think of anything else that is more iconic to come off that ship,” says veteran collector, Craig Sopin