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Sell off includes famous instrument played as the liner sank
9:54am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
THE violin reputedly played by the Titanic's bandmaster as the ill-fated vessel sank will today be sold at auction.
Among the belongings on sale in Devizes, Wiltshire today, Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers will also offer a photograph showing victims being buried at sea.
The black and white image of bodies in sacks piled three high on deck was taken days after the tragedy and is expected to fetch up to £5,000.
A menu of the last meal served to first class passengers on board the Titanic sold for £76,000 at auction in March last year.
The menu is dated April 14 1912, the day the cruiser hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank.
A rare first class deck plan belonging to wealthy New York couple Ida and Isidor Straus, who drowned at sea, sold for £30,000 in October 2011.
The deck plans were handed to the 324 first class passengers as they boarded the RMS Titanic at Southampton in 1912 to help them navigate around the luxury liner.
The world record price for memorabilia from Titanic is believed to have been achieved when a plan of the doomed ship used in the 1912 inquiry was put up for auction It was bought by a private collector for £220,000 in 2011.
In October 2010, a woman's account of escaping the sinking ship sold for £20,000.
Laura Francatelli from London said she heard an ''awful rumbling'' as the liner went down and ''then came screams and cries'' from 1,500 drowning passengers.
The historic document was bought by an Eastern European collector.
A letter from a first-class passenger on the Titanic fetched £55,000 in April 2010 - a record price at the time for a piece of written correspondence from the ship.
The piece was penned by Adolphe Saafeld, on three sides of stationary from the doomed vessel, to his ''wifey''.
Mementoes from the last remaining Titanic survivor to help pay for her nursing home fees have fetched more than £30,000 in October 2010.
Hampshire woman Millvina Dean was forced to sell a 100-year-old suitcase filled with clothes which was given to her family by the people of New York when they arrived in America after being rescued.
The 96-year-old also auctioned rare prints of the fated cruise liner which have been signed by the artists along with compensation letters sent to her mother by the Titanic Relief Fund.
The suitcase fetched £10,800, the prints £9,250 and the letters sold for £11,100. They had all gone under the hammer at Henry Aldridge and Son.
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