Wallace Hartley’s violin sold for £900,000

HOLY GRAIL Auctioneer Alan Aldridge presents Wallace Hartley's violin at Dewsbury Town Hall.
HOLY GRAIL Auctioneer Alan Aldridge presents Wallace Hartley's violin at Dewsbury Town Hall.

RMS Titanic Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s violin was sold for £900,000 at an auction on Saturday.

The violin, considered the ‘holy grail’ of Titanic memorablila by auctioneers Henry Alridge and Son, was played to calm passengers as the luxury ship sand in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Wallace Hartley, of Dewsbury, died along with 1,517 passengers and crew.

Last week the iconic violin returned to Dewsbury for a special one day exhibit at Dewsbury Town Hall.

It also visited the house in West Park Street where Hartley lived.

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