Of all the stories told about the sinking Titanic – the ships musicians playing until the very end is one of the most famous.
There were eight musicians total aboard the Titanic, before the sinking they would play at after dinner events, parties, tea time etc.
They were led by their band leader Wallace Hartley.
So following the ship hitting the iceberg, Wallace and his band stood on the deck and played hymns on the violin to calm the anxious passengers boarding lifeboats.
The scene was famously recreated for the 1997 movie.
Survival accounts differ but many suggest that the band played right up until the very end.
All eight of the musicians perished.
Hartley was found two weeks later with a music case strapped to his body. Incredibly the violin was intact, the case have allowed it to endure the cold wet conditions.
The violin was given to Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson, who in turn gave it to her local Salvation Army in 1939 before passing away.
Almost 100 years later, the violin turned up in a woman’s attic in 2006. After seven years of testing, experts determined it was in fact the same violin that Hartley was playing, right up until the ship sank.
It sold at an auction for 1.6 million in 2016, officially making it the most valuable artifact from the Titanic.