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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Andrew Aldridge
A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.
The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.
Titanic bandmaster Wallace 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 proven to be Hartley’s.
A British safety official who inspected Titanic before its maiden voyage thought it should have more lifeboats, according to his private notes, which are being offered for sale this month.
"Mr. Hartley and the band were very brave people ... standing by their posts to the bitter end," auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said ahead of the sale.
Andrew Aldridge said the buyer, who bid over the phone, wished to remain anonymous.