At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912! It was the day the music stopped and a legend was set into motion!
The Wallace Hartley Titanic violin commanded the highest price EVER paid for an RMS Titanic artifact when it was sold at auction in October 2013 for $1.7 million dollars to a private collector.
“RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin has become the iconic symbol of the Titanic saga. Found strapped to his body after the sinking, it was returned to his wife-to-be, only to be lost to the world until it resurfaced almost a century later. Now, for the first time since an unnamed owner took possession of the violin, visitors to the Titanic Museum Attractions will be able to experience for themselves, the overwhelming sense of emotion it evokes,” says Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, co-owner of the Titanic Attractions.
“The Titanic violin may never be played again,” admits Mary Kellogg. “But one of the final songs Wallace Hartley was said to have been playing during the ship’s final moments can still be heard in our imaginations:”
Nearer, my God to thee,
Nearer, my God to thee,
Nearer to thee…
As you may have guessed by now, Visiting the RMS Titanic in Branson was on our to do list for our trip. I was very pleased with the exhibit honoring Hartley and the many talented musicians that performed on the Titanic.
Titanic’s 8-member orchestra boarded at Southampton, England and traveled as second-class passengers. On board they performed as two separate groups – a quintet and a trio.
On the night of the collision the band was instructed to play without interruption in hopes of avoiding panic among the passengers.
Because of this, they should be honored for their values, honor and sense of duty when they knew and were bound to meet their fate.
Branson’s Titanic Museum has so many true artifacts from the fateful voyage. It is an exciting and educational experience for all ages.
You can also see another World Exclusive for the entire year
The only Bible saved on the RMS Titanic!
Now try to get there soon, because the 1.7 Million dollar Violin will be heading out for another engagement.
Titanic Violin Limited Engagement
Branson, MO – March 7 – May 29, 2016
Pigeon Forge, TN – June 5 – August 14, 2016
After that, I was told it will be returned to the private collector who bought it at auction.
Will it be seen again? Good Question!
More on our trip is coming up so stay tuned!