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The violin that was apparently played to calm passengers on the Titanic as it sank was sold for

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I actually feel bad about people raiding the wreckage for collectables like this. It just seems like desecrating the victim's final resting place. Sadly, it's way too late now. :(

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^ The wreck was not raided:

 

But it is claimed the violin survived in a leather case strapped to Mr Harley's body who was found wearing his cork and linen lifejacket.

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I actually feel bad about people raiding the wreckage for collectables like this. It just seems like desecrating the victim's final resting place. Sadly, it's way too late now. :(

 

The Titanic (among others) is protected by UNESCO 2001 Convention for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

 

Though I don't think the US & Canada have signed so they can offer tours like BlueFish. ROV's damage the ship and stuff gets taken. 

 

"Despite an international plea that the wreck be left untouched and respected as a mass grave and archaeological site, a first expedition began removing artefacts from the site in 1987. Subsequently, a private company retrieved an additional 1,800 artefacts from the wreck. 

Most of these artefacts are likely to be sold and dispersed. 

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A rather morbid souvenir. Not to mention expensive.

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For that much money, I'd expect to be able to play that violin. :p

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It seems like an unlucky piece to me. I sure wouldn't want it.

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