Why did this violin sell for $1.6 million dollars?

 A Titanic bid:

Why on earth would someone pay $1.6 million for an unplayable violin? Quite simply, the violin that crossed the auction block on Saturday, October 19th is believed to be the one played by Wallace Hartley as the Titanic sank. 

The sea-rotted violin’s last tune was reportedly “Nearer, My God to Thee” as was made known in the James Cameron film. 

So far this is a record for anything directly attributed to the RMS Titanic and it’s one that collectors and experts feel may never be topped! 

As we’ve said in the auction world so many times, “provenance is critical” 

 

 

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