A Titanic violin found in 2006 had undergone testing and it has now been confirmed that the violin belonged to Wallace Hartley and was played by him on the ship before it tragically sunk. On March 15, Huffington Post reported that a British auction house has confirmed that the violin is authentic. This is a piece of history that is certainly like a little miracle, given the fact that it was "incredibly well-preserved" when it was found.
"The auction house spent the past seven years and thousands of pounds determining the water-stained violin's origins, consulting numerous experts including government forensic scientists and Oxford University," Huffington Post reported.
The Titanic violin found is one of a few items that have been recovered from the wreckage over the years. However, it's rare, mainly because it's an instrument and it survived the wear and tear of the sea. Other items have included cups and plates and things of that nature. "Some reports at the time suggested Hartley's corpse was found fully dressed with his instrument strapped to his body, though there was also speculation the violin floated off and was lost at sea," reports Huffington Post.
There is a lot of history involving the Titanic and what happened on that terrible night. Artifacts and other objects have fetched large sums of money from auction houses but they have also garnered tons of attention from people who are interested in seeing these pieces of history.
Titanic violin found is said to be worth 6 figures. It will go on display in late March.
© Effie Orfanides 2013