Titanic violin tips £1million in Devizes
The first item ever to sell for a million pounds in Devizes went under the hammer at Aldridges sale room this afternoon.
Auctioneer Alan Aldridge brought down his gavel after a bid of £900,000 was agreed for the violin that belonged to Wallace Hartley, the bandleader aboard the doomed vessel Titanic who led his fellow musicians in the hymn Nearer My God to Thee as the ship slid beneath the waves in April 1912.
With the buyer’s premium the successful telephone bidder will have to shell out more than £1,000,000.
Scores of Titanic enthusiasts had thronged Aldridge's saleroom at the Bath Road Business Centre in Devizes and a loud cheer went up when the gavel came down.
It is the culmination of many years of hard work by Alan Aldridge, his family and his team.
The sale was covered by media outlets from all over the world and cameras from NBC, CBS, Sky News and others from all over Europe turned the auction house into a movie set.
Titanic expert Andrew Aldridge, son of Alan, said: “Devizes has never had a media event of this level before.”
A member of his staff added: “If this doesn’t put Devizes on the map, nothing will.”
Alan Aldridge had predicted the violin, which was recovered from the sea strapped to Mr Hartley’s body the day after the disaster, would fetch up to £300,000 and others suggested figures in excess of £500,000 but £900,000 was beyond expectations.
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