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Auctioneer: I don't think this price will ever be beaten

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:

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.

– Alan Aldridge, auctioneer

He said that with the addition of the buyer's premium and VAT, the final price would top £1 million.

Titanic violin sold for £900,000

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 violin reputedly played by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ship sank has been sold at auction. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The previous record for a single piece of Titanic memorabilia stood at £220,000.

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