Band leader’s Titanic letter sells for £95,000

A letter penned by the leader of the band on the Titanic just five days before its famous sinking has sold at an online auction for $155,000 (£95,000).

The letter written by Wallace Hartley, 33, was purchased by an investment group from the US and was mailed during the ship’s stop in Queenstown, Ireland, before it came to its fateful end.

Reuters report that Hartley led the eight-piece band responsible for playing soothing and calming melodies while it slowly sank into its Atlantic grave.

The news service also reports the letter as reading: “We have a fine band and the boys seem very nice.”

Bobby Livingston, an executive with RR Auction, said: “It was a microcosm of the whole tragedy. There was the hope he was going to see his parents again.”

The letter also suggested that Mr Hartley felt confident about making a good amount of money on-board the ship, writing: “This is a fine ship and we ought to have plenty of money on her”.

The piece’s history, as well as its inscription of ‘On board RMS Titanic’, are both sure to have played a part in the impressive price tag of the letter.

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