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Famous Titanic Violin Sold at Auction for Shocking Amount

The Fateful Moment

The moment the ship collided with an iceberg, Hartley and his fellow musicians were instructed to play music as a way of calming down frightened passengers. Despite realizing that they couldn’t escape their fate, the band continued playing until the end. Cameron’s portrayal of this aspect in Titanic was accurate; however, there have been questions about whether “Nearer, My God, to Thee” was indeed played during their final moments or if it was another piece chosen by Hartley himself. 

(20th Century Fox)
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