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How much would the Titanic violin be worth if it hadn't sailed on the Titanic?

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Published: October 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM [UTC]

So, the 'Titanic Violin' sold for £900,000.
Good photos of the violin are in woefully short supply, but one incautious image of the rib corners indicates a Schönbach violin shaped object or at best, a Caussin School trade fiddle.

So how much would it be worth without the Titanic connection? £100, maybe as much as £300? More about this infamous 'Violin-Shaped-Object' here:

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Yes, it seems to be a German factory made violin. I would not give 10 bucks for it...
From marjory lange
Posted on October 22, 2013 at 12:34 AM
context counts. I would doubt the person who purchased it (who remains anonymous, as I understand) as any sort of musician. That person bought history, not music.
From David Beck
Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM
The auctioneer described it to me thus:- "It is Saxon School Marknewkirchen/Klingenthal, a Factory Made Maggini model".
So, as I wrote on another thread, the Titanic is Teutonic.
Value virtually zilch in the state it seemed to be in when first displayed. Judge Judy would give it "zzzippo!" Even if "done up" I suspect its worth would be at the very, very most in a similar bracket to, say, a Wolff Brothers - (auction price right now of these is about £1-1.5K), but more than likely a LOT less.
Just guessing !!

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