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Titanic letter sells for world record £119,000

The letter sold for a world record £119,000 Credit: ITV News West Country

The last letter known to be written on the ill-fated Titanic sold for a world record £119,000 at auction today.

The letter was penned by second class passenger Esther Hart just hours before the liner struck an iceberg on Sunday April 14, 1912.

The letter was written just hours before the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 Credit: ITV News West Country

The price tag shattered the previous record for a Titanic-related letter, which had stood at £94,000, auctioneers said.

The letter, headed On board 'Titanic' and written on Titanic stationery, comes complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag.

Titanic historian says Titanic violin reached more money than any other Titanic artifact at auction

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.

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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.

Read: Titanic violin sold for £900,000 smashes auction record

Titanic violin sells for £900,000 at auction

The violin sold for £900,000 this afternoon. Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

The auction room in Devizes today. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Titanic violin expected to make thousands at auction

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.

Titanic violin for sale in Wiltshire

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.

Violin from The Titanic Credit: ITV News West Country
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