Regarding this valuable object, Andrew Aldridge of auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son said to journalists: “It is just a remarkable piece of history. I have been an auctioneer for 20 years, but I have never seen an item that brings out this degree of emotion in people before.’
The violin has the name of Hartley on it and it’s supposed to fetch more than 200,000 pounds ($ 323,300).
This very special object was discovered in 2006 and according to the auction house it has been subject to numerous tests to prove its authenticity. The violin was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson.
The story of the band which played after the Titanic hit the iceberg, with the price of their lives, became a real legend. In a newspaper of the time, in 1912, their heroic action achieved to keep the passengers calm was described in vibrant words: “the part played by the orchestra on board the Titanic in her last dreadful moments will rank among the noblest in the annals of heroism at sea.”