Titanic hero auction

Personal effects belonging to a hero of the Titanic disaster have fetched more than £170,000 at auction. Band leader Wallace Hartley, from Huddersfield, carried on playing his violin to the bitter end whilst the vessel sank.

A letter he had written earlier to his mother on Titanic headed notepaper, raised £93,000 alone at an auction in Wiltshire. A locket containing his picture and belonging to his fiancee Maria Robinson , from Bridlington, fetched £2000.

Poignant: letter home from Wallace Hartley Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son
Locket belonging to fiancee Marie Robinson Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son

A silver cigarette case and a gold ring fetched £8,000 apiece, with a pair of silver scissors raising just over £7,500. The response was described by auctioneers Henry Alrdidge and Son as "absolutely fantastic", with bidders coming from all over the world.

cigarette case fetched £8,000 Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son
Medal up for sale Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son

Meanwhile, a violin recently confirmed as the instrument belonging to Wallace Hartley has been put on public display, after laying in a in an attic in Bridlington for a century. It was given to his fiancee Maria Robinson.

It was only last month that tests confirmed it as the iconic instrument, and it is now on display at the Henry Aldridge auction house in Wiltshire who said it was only right that the violin should be seen and appreciated - and not locked away in some private collection.

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