The violin of the band leader of RMS Titanic Wallace Hartley was the priciest ever paid for an artifact in October 2013, when it was sold at auction by the world’s leading Titanic auctioneers, Henry Aldridge & Son Auction House of Devizes, Wiltshire, England. Under exclusive arrangements with Aldridge & Sons, the famous Hartley violin is going to be displayed at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee this year, as announced by Mark Kellogg-Joslyn, co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attractions. The cherished violin will be displayed at the Titanic Museum in Branson from March 7 to May 29, 2016 and from June 5 to August 14, 2016 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Wallace Hartley’s violin was found strapped to his body after the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It was returned to his fiancee, a woman named Maria Robinson, only to be lost to the world until it resurfaced almost a century later. The violin had been a gift to Hartley from his fiancée, but once the violin came back to her, what happened to it was now known until it was discovered in an attic. The Titanic Museum in Branson had the violin on display for years before it was put up for auction. So, when the violin was sold, it was not known whether it would be displayed again in the museum. But now, there’s some good news flying on the airwaves that this very famous violin is now heading back to the United States.
For the first time since an unknown owner kept the violin for a long time, visitors to the Titanic Museum will be able to see and feel the emotion it evokes. Auction house director Andrew Aldridge had said, “In my 20 years as an auctioneer, I can honestly say I don’t think any other article has made people show as much emotion as this one.” The Wallace Hartley gravesite in Colne, Lancanshire was catalogued on June 17, 2015 by Historic England as a newly-listed historic site. When the original gravesite ceremony was held on May 17, 1912, it was attended by more than 30,000 mourners, the largest number of people known to have attended services for an RMS Titanic victim.
In anticipation of record crowds on the coming of Wallace Hartley’s famous violin, Titanic Museum Attractions management will feature a special, daily, and Early Morning violin viewing for a limited number of enthusiastic visitors to the museum. There will be special viewing for VIP guests allowing them uncrowded access to the violin where they can shoot heirloom photos of their encounter with the violin which have been played continuously by Wallace Hartley as the RMS Titanic slowly sank.
If you want to see the most prized Titanic artifact ever recorded on a public display, visit the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson where you get to see the famous violin played by Wallace Hartley during the sinking of the RMS Titanic on the night of April 14, 1912.
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