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Titanic memorabilia fetches thousands at auction

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

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Billionaire tycoon unveils plans to build Titanic II

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.

An artist's impression of Titanic II. Credit: Blue Star Line

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.

Kate Winslet to receive CBE

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.

Kate Winslet will receive a CBE Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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."

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Titanic street puppets attract bumper crowds

A city became a land of the giants as huge puppets took centre stage in one of the UK's biggest-ever street theatre performances.

Thousands of people turned out in Liverpool to watch Sea Odyssey, an epic £1.5 million production by French marionette experts Royal De Luxe.

The three-day event tells the story of a 30-ft Little Girl Giant searching for her father, a missing crewman on the sunken Titanic.

To see ITV Granada's coverage of the event, click here.

Sea Odyssey hits Liverpool

Three giant puppets - a little girl, her dog and her diver uncle - continue their parade of Liverpool's streets today, as part of the city's Titanic centenary celebrations.

Little Girl Giant waking up with her dog Xolo in Stanley park Liverpool Credit: Karl Raven

The Sea Odyssey event, created by French company Royal de Luxe, is expected to cover 23miles around the city over the weekend.

Thousands turned out to watch the Giant Diver walk through the city centre Credit: ITV Granada

Giant Titanic puppets to walk the streets of Liverpool

Liverpool will come to a standstill this weekend as it is taken over by giant puppets for a street theatre production inspired by the Titanic.

Little Girl Giant has been produced by marionette experts Royal De Luxe and will tell a love story based around the sinking of the famous liner 100 years ago.

Emmy-Lou Hussin, aged 5, looks at the Little Girl Giant. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Little Girl Giant, a giant marionette created by experts Royal De Luxe. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The giant puppets, which have appeared in the UK only once before, are expected to attract thousands of spectators as it makes its way through Liverpool over the next three days.

To see ITV Granada's coverage of the event click here.

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