A violin thought to have been played during the sinking of the RMS Titanic has undergone a hospital CT scan to determine its age and condition. The research, commissioned by auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son, showed 'that the original wood was cracked and showed signs of possible restoration', according to Astrid Little, imaging manager at the BMI Ridgeway Hospital in Swindon, UK. The instrument is now on display at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, US.

UPDATE: The violin is due to be auctioned on 19 October 2013 by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, UK.

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