A letter written by Titanic violinist and bandleader Wallace
Hartley has been sold for £93,000. Hartley wrote the letter on
board the Titanic just days before the liner's maiden voyage ended
in tragedy in the North Atlantic on 14 April 1912.
The letter, addressed to Hartley's parents, had been expected to sell for between £50,000 and £60,000 in Henry Aldridge & Son's 20 April auction of Titanic memorabilia. According to a statement from the auctioneers, a collector from the US paid over £93,000 for the letter.
The letter reads: 'Just a line to say we have got away all
right. It's been a bit of a rush but I am just getting a little
settled. This is a fine ship & there ought to be plenty of
money on her. I've missed coming home very much & it would have
been nice to have seen you all if only for an hour or two, but I
couldn't manage it. We have a fine band & the boys seem very
nice. I have had to buy some linen & I sent my washing home
today by post. I shall probably arrive home on the Sunday morning.
We are due here on the Saturday. I'm glad mother's foot is
photo: courtesy Henry Aldridge & Son