LONDON (March 15, 2013)--A British auction house says it has found the violin that the bandmaster of the Titanic played as the ocean liner sank.
Survivors of the Titanic recalled that the band, led by Wallace Hartley, continued to play on deck even as passengers boarded lifeboats after the ship hit an iceberg.
Hartley's violin was believed lost in the 1912 disaster, but auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son say an instrument unearthed in 2006 has undergone rigorous testing and has been proven to be Hartley's.
The auction house says it spent the past seven years and thousands of pounds determining the water-stained violin's origins, consulting numerous experts including government forensic scientists and Oxford University.
It said Friday the violin will go on display at Belfast City Hall, less than a mile from where Titanic was built.