Titanic Band Leader Wallace Hartley's Violin On Display At Henry Aldridge And Son's, May Go Up For Auction

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Violin that belonged to Titanic band leader on display at Henry Aldridge and Son auction house (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In March, the BBC reported that a violin offered to the Henry Aldridge and Son auction house in 2006 was determined to be the Titanic's band leader's violin after a seven-year investigation. That violin is now on display to the public in England.

The violin belonged to band leader Wallace Hartley, who died when the Titanic sank in 1912. According to BBC, Hartley's body was recovered about 10 days after the ship sank but his violin was not listed on the inventory list. Newspaper reports from 1912, however, said he was found "fully dressed with his violin strapped to his body."

It's unclear exactly how the violin was returned to Wallace Hartley's fiancee, but a transcript of a telegram from July 1912 to Canada's Provincial Secretary of Nova Scotia was found in her diary, reports the BBC. According to the BBC, it said: "I would be most grateful if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiance's violin."

Decades later, experts conducted tests on the violin and determined that it was authentic and did belong to Hartley.

On the 101st anniversary of the Titanic, Getty Images released pictures from the auction house of the violin, which may be worth six figures. The violin is on display to the public all week in Devizes, England, but Aldridge's has not said when it may go on sale.

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