A violin thought to have been played while the Titanic sunk is believed to be the most expensive artifact from the ship ever to come to auction. The violin was auctioned off in Devizes yesterday with bidders reaching 9 hundred thousand pounds.
That was three times the guide price. Peter Boyd Smith, Titanic Historian said he doesn't believe anything else has ever been sold for that amount of money.
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.
A violin from the Titanic has sold for £900,000 at auction in Devizes. The violin is believed to have been played as the ship sank in 1912. Bidding started at just £50.
It eventually sold for three times the guide price after fierce bidding from two buyers. The winner is unknown.
A violin, believed to have been played as the Titanic sunk, has been sold at auction in Devizes for £900,000.
Bidding started at just £50. It eventually sold for three times the guide price after fierce bidding from two buyers. The winner is unknown.
An auction is taking place in Devizes tomorrow that is attracting worldwide attention. Up for sale is a violin which - is claimed - to have been played as the Titanic sank. It is likely to become the most expensive piece of memorabilia from the ship.
For years the instrument was left in an attic. It is broken and can't be played, but is expected to fetch more than two hundred thousand pounds Our Wiltshire reporter Robert Murphy has been to see it.
A violin that belonged to the leader of the band that played as the Titanic sank is expected to sell for a record breaking sum when it's auctioned in Devizes this weekend.
It was recently confirmed to be genuine when it was scanned at a hospital near Swindon. It's expected to be the most expensive single item to be sold at Henry Aldridge & Son auction house.
The violin played by the band leader as the Titanic sank more than a hundred years ago is to go on sale in Devizes next month.
At the moment it's on show in Northern Ireland, but in an effort to prove that it's authentic, it's been scanned at a hospital near Swindon. Mike Pearse reports.