LONDON (October 19, 2013)--A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank fetched nearly $1.45 million at auction Saturday.
An unidentified bidder won the violin, which is no longer playable and whose metal fixtures appear to have been corroded by seawater.
The violin is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster's more than 1,500 victims.
Auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Son said the violin was subjected to numerous tests to check its authenticity since it was discovered in 2006 and said earlier this year that the violin was Hartley's "beyond reasonable doubt."
The German-made violin was a gift from Hartley's fiancée Maria Robinson, and was engraved with the words "For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria."