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A Titanic violin is proven to be authentic.
A British auction house believes they have authenticated the bandleader’s violin from the infamous Titanic shipwreck.
The auction house was offered the artifact seven years ago, and commissioned experts to have it inspected.
The Titanic’s orchestra led by Wallace Hartley reportedly played music for more than two hours as the ship sank back in 1912.
The auctioneers are convinced that it is actually Hartley’s violin, based on the opinion of the experts who studied the instrument.
Hartley’s violin may have been returned to his fiancé in East Yorkshire, who wrote a telegram to Canada's Provincial Secretary of Nova Scotia saying: “I would be most grateful if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiancé’s violin."
The musicians in the orchestra were among the 15 hundred that died when the Titanic ship hit an iceberg and sank.
Many speculations have been made about the last song that the orchestra played.
One account from a man who survived the shipwreck said that they were playing a song called ‘Autumn.'
Another source reported that Hartley said if he were ever on a sinking ship, that he would be sure to play ‘Nearer My God to Thee,’ or ‘Oh God Our Help In Ages Past.’