PIGEON FORGE, TN – RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin, which sold for $1.7 million, the highest price ever paid for any RMS Titanic artifact, is on display now through December 2020 at the Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge.
“The Hartley Titanic violin is the single most requested and important artifact our visitors have asked to see again. I feel that’s because this fragile reminder of Titanic’s final moments plays on untapped emotions that touch the heart,” said Mary Kellogg, president COO and co-owner of Titanic Pigeon Forge. “We are grateful and honored to be chosen, above all others, to display this extraordinary piece of Titanic history…and we thank Henry Aldridge and Sons in England, representatives of the anonymous owner, for trusting us with this prized possession.”
In 2005, the Hartley Titanic violin was found and authenticated through testing. It was later sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son for $1,700,000, by far the highest ever paid for memorabilia tied to the Titanic.
The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are available online at www.titanicpigeonforge.com or by phone at 800-381-7670. Face masks are required.