A violin believed to have been played as the Titanic sank in 1912 has been sold at auction for almost £1 million.
One of the last letters from the Titanic, dated April 11 1912, will go on display this summer.
A high-tech replica of the Titanic is to be built and is set to make its maiden voyage in 2016, an Australian billionaire announced.
This is the moment that auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son sold a violin, believed to have been played on the Titanic, for £900,000.
Alan Aldridge, of auction house Henry Aldridge and Son, has said he does not think any other piece of Titanic memorabilia will raise as much as the violin sold today:
– Alan Aldridge, auctioneer
I don't think this price will ever be beaten. The violin was the most iconic item we have seen and there were some very, very wealthy people bidding.
We estimated between £200,000 and £300,000 but we always said it had the potential to hit £1 million.
It is the only piece of Titanic memorabilia that has the potential to reach £1 million - it is so, so iconic.
He said that with the addition of the buyer's premium and VAT, the final price would top £1 million.
The violin reputedly played by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ill-fated liner sank has been sold for a world record £900,000 at an auction in Wiltshire.
The previous record for a single piece of Titanic memorabilia stood at £220,000.
The violin reputedly played by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ill-fated vessel sank is the latest item recovered from the "unsinkable" ship to attract huge attention at auction.
Among the belongings on sale in Devizes, Wiltshire today, Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers will also offer:
- A photograph showing victims being buried at sea - The black and white image of bodies in sacks piled three high on deck was taken days after the tragedy and is expected to fetch up to £5,000
- A menu of the last meal served to first class passengers on board the Titanic sold for £76,000 at auction in March last year. The menu is dated April 14 1912
- A rare first class deck plan belonging to wealthy New York couple Ida and Isidor Straus, who drowned at sea, sold for £30,000 in October 2011
- The world record price for memorabilia from Titanic is believed to have been achieved when a plan of the doomed ship used in the 1912 inquiry was put up for auction. It was bought by a private collector for £220,000 in 2011
- A letter from a first-class passenger on the Titanic fetched £55,000 in 2010
A violin that the bandmaster played as the Titanic sank is due to go under the hammer today.
549 people from Southampton died in 1912 when the ship hit an iceberg and sank beneath the Atlantic. One of the most famous tales surrounding the Titanic is that the band leader played a violin as it sank. It is expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds.
An Australian billionaire has unveiled plans to build Titanic II, which will be a full size replica of the original passenger liner which sank on its voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912.
Work on the ship is due to start later this year in China and her maiden voyage is expected to take place in 2016 from Southampton to New York.
So far, some 40,000 people have expressed interest to go on the ship.
Clive Palmer, the man behind the plans, has come under some criticism for remaking the ship.
The ship will have a replica ornate staircase, Turkish baths, smoking rooms, and even the same "Marconi room" where the Titanic sent out its final SOS over 100 years ago.
Passengers will also be provided with early-20th-century-style clothes and undergarments in their cabins.
Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, 37, who achieved worldwide fame for her role in the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, will receive a CBE today for services to drama.
The actress said: "I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding community of British actors and film-makers who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute to an international industry. This makes me very proud to be a Brit."