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Titanic violin to be auctioned

Henry Aldridge and Son

The violin that was played as the Titanic sank in 1912 will be auctioned off tomorrow.

It was played by Wallace Hartley from Colne in Lancashire who was the band leader. He sadly died along with 1500 others as the ship went down.

Wallace Hartley

It went on public display yesterday and is expected to fetch in excess of £300,000 which makes it the most expensive piece of memorabilia from the doomed vessel.

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Former Titanic offices in Liverpool to become a hotel

Plans are developing to turn the old Liverpool offices of the shipping company which owned the Titanic into a hotel.

View of Albert Dock, which could soon be seen from a roof-top bar Credit: Andy Bonner

The historic Albion House was built in 1896 to hold the offices of shipping company "White Star Line", owner of the Titanic.

An old calculator found hidden away in the building Credit: Andy Bonner

The building was most famously used to read out the names of the passengers who'd died on the vessel 101 years ago.

The balcony from which the fate of the Titanic was announced Credit: Andy Bonner

The building has been empty for years, but now entrepeneur Lawrence Kenwright will invest £5.5million to transform the building into a 350-bed hotel.

The new staircase, built after the top floors were destroyed in the Blitz Credit: Andy Bonner

Heroic bandmaster letter goes under hammer

Wallace Hartley artefacts at Colne Library Credit: .

A letter written to his parents by the bandmaster of the Titanic who played as the ship sank will be sold at auction this afternoon.

Wallace Hartley, 33, who was from Colne, is famous for playing on with his band as the ship sank to try and help calm the frightened passengers.

A letter he wrote to his parents on White Star Line headed paper on the day the Titanic set sail will go under the hammer in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Experts say it could fetch up to £60,000.

Wallace Hartley's funeral in Colne was attended by more than 40,000 people Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
Wallace Hartley wrote the letter to his parents on 10th April 1912, the day the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Titanic cruise liner left Southampton on 10 April 1912. She floundered in the Atlantic Ocean two days later, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.**


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