Violin played by band on sinking Titanic found

The violin played on board the Titanic, as the doomed liner sank in the north Atlantic, has been found in an attic in the UK, and is set to fetch more than 400,000 pounds at an auction.

The wooden instrument, now unplayable, was used by leader of the band Wallace Hartley as it famously played on while the liner sank. It was thought to have been lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster. It wasn’t until 2006 when the son of an amateur musician who had been casually given the instrument by her violin teacher unearthed it in the attic of her home in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

After seven years of testing by experts the water-stained violin has been proven to be the one played by Hartley on the night of the tragedy, The Telegraph reported.

There are two long cracks on its body that are said to have been opened up by moisture damage. The corroded engraved silver plate screwed onto the base of the fiddle provided scientists with the key proof about its authenticity. The historic violin, will go on public display at the Belfast City Hall, where Titanic was built, at the end of this month.

The instrument is also set to fetch more than 400,000 pounds at auction later this year, The Mirror reported. Within minutes of Titanic striking an iceberg on April 14, 1912, Hartley was asked to assemble the band and play music in order to maintain calm.

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