Hartley’s Titanic letter dips in value

LETTER Wallace Hartley

LETTER Wallace Hartley

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A LETTER written by the Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley has dropped slightly in value – just 12 months after the centenary of the liner’s sinking.

Hartley, 33, who grew up in Colne, penned a letter to his parents Albion and Elizabeth shortly before boarding the White Star vessel. In the note he writes: “We have a fine band & the boys seem very nice” and also remarks how they had departed without a problem.

When the letter was first put up for auction in April 2012 by the RR auction house in New Hampshire, it fetched $186,000, or £95,000.

It was sold again by the Wiltshire-based salesroom Henry Aldridge over the weekend – but this time only raised £93,000.

The same auctioneers also hold the controversial ‘Hartley violin’, said to have been recovered from the bandsman following his death.

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10:45pm Tue 23 Apr 13

2 for 5p says...

I would be suprized if it got a fiver
I would be suprized if it got a fiver 2 for 5p
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11:20am Wed 24 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

when the colne to skipton rail line reopens, i hope they name a train after wallace.
when the colne to skipton rail line reopens, i hope they name a train after wallace. bingoman1
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11:24am Wed 24 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
I would be suprized if it got a fiver
well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ??
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: I would be suprized if it got a fiver[/p][/quote]well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ?? bingoman1
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Wed 24 Apr 13

2 for 5p says...

bingoman1 wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
I would be suprized if it got a fiver
well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ??
Same amount as they pay you for flipping burgers. :-)
[quote][p][bold]bingoman1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: I would be suprized if it got a fiver[/p][/quote]well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ??[/p][/quote]Same amount as they pay you for flipping burgers. :-) 2 for 5p
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9:56pm Wed 24 Apr 13

bingoman1 says...

2 for 5p wrote:
bingoman1 wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
I would be suprized if it got a fiver
well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ??
Same amount as they pay you for flipping burgers. :-)
no, you are forgetting that i actually OWN the burger bar ?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bingoman1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: I would be suprized if it got a fiver[/p][/quote]well 2for 5p, i think a fiver would be out of reach for you, by the way how much DO they pay YOU for sticking the cherries on the bakewells all day ??[/p][/quote]Same amount as they pay you for flipping burgers. :-)[/p][/quote]no, you are forgetting that i actually OWN the burger bar ? bingoman1
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