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Titanic violin auction price of $1.44 million sinks previous records
Titanic violin auction price of $1.44 million sinks previous records

LONDON -- The violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic fetched nearly $1.45 million at auction Saturday, becoming far and away the most expensive piece of memorabilia associated with the ocean liner ever to be sold. The British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son had originally expected the battered-looking instrument to sell for a third of that amount. But the legend surrounding the fiddle, its embodiment of the heroic self-sacrifice of a band that famously kept playing as the ill-fated ship met its watery doom, boosted bidding to stratospheric levels. The winning offer of 900,000 pounds, or $1.44 million, is more than four times the record amount paid two...

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