Titanic bandleader's letter draws nearly $155,000
AMHERST, N.H.—A letter from the bandleader who played on as the Titanic sank has sold at auction for nearly $155,000.
Wallace Hartley wrote home to his parents in England that the Titanic was a fine ship and that his band mates seemed very nice. He also wrote on the Titanic's letterhead stationery that he expected to be home soon.
The letter, mailed during one of two stops the ship made before it struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, was one of 180 pieces of Titanic memorabilia offered by RR Auction, based in Amherst, N.H.
RR Auction said it was sold to a private investment consortium that wishes to remain anonymous. It was expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000. It last sold at