Rare Titanic Menu Sells for Over $100,000 at Auction
A menu from the first-class restaurant on the ill-fated Titanic was recently sold at auction for a whopping 83,000 British pounds, equivalent to around $101,600. Dated April 11, 1912, the menu offers a glimpse into the last meal enjoyed by the affluent passengers aboard the ship, just three days before it famously collided with an iceberg.
Discovered earlier this year among the personal belongings of a Canadian historian from Nova Scotia, the menu shows signs of water damage. However, the origin of the menu and how it ended up in the historian’s possession still remain a mystery. The menu was found tucked away in a photo album from the 1960s, adding to the intrigue surrounding its journey.
In addition to the menu, a pocket watch owned by Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who tragically perished in the Titanic disaster, was also sold at the auction for a hefty sum of 97,000 pounds (approximately $118,700). The Swiss-made pocket watch featuring heavily stained face with Hebrew figures was returned to Kantor’s wife after his body was recovered from the Atlantic.
Another notable item sold at the auction was a deck blanket from the Titanic, which displayed the iconic White Star Line logo. The blanket, which had been used on a lifeboat and later acquired by a White Star official in New York via a rescue ship, fetched a price of 96,000 pounds (about $117,500).
Transportation memorabilia enthusiasts and Titanic collectors alike showed significant interest in the auction, which took place in the United Kingdom. The sale of these rare Titanic items not only offers a unique connection to the tragic history of the doomed ocean liner but also pays homage to the lives impacted by the disaster.
With these artifacts now in the hands of private collectors, the rare menu, pocket watch, and deck blanket continue to preserve the memory and legacy of the Titanic’s ill-fated journey.
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