A violin that was played to calm passengers as the Titanic went down has been sold at auction for more than a million euros in England.
The price, 900,000 British pounds, is a record for a piece of memorabilia from the ship that sunk in 1912 on its maiden voyage.
Bandmaster Wallace Hartley died with over 1,500 others when the ship hit an iceberg.
“It is iconic,” said auctioneer Alan Aldridge. “It represents bravery in human nature, the way this young man and his colleagues and all the people that behaved bravely on the ship, stayed and fulfilled their duty.”
The violin was reputedly found in a case strapped to Hartley’s body.
Rediscovered in 2006 and authenticated, it is thought to have been bought at the auction in the southern county of Wiltshire by a British collector.
Some however still doubt whether the instrument is genuine, claiming it could not have survived being submerged underwater.