It was written on 13 April 1912, the day before Titanic hit an iceberg. Holverson was telling his mother that “the boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel”. She also noticed about seeing “the richest person in the world at that time” – John Jacob Astor – on the ship. When the Titanic sank, Oscar Holverson, along with JJ Astor, died along with more than 1,500 people. The sea-water stained document was sold to a British buyer, whose bid to the auction in Wiltshire came in via phone. The anonymous customer was described as someone “who collects iconic items from history” by the auctioneer.
Mr. Andrew Aldridge was an auctioneer of Titanic memorabilia for 20 years. He has auctioned everything from a set of Titanic keys for £85,000, to a violin that was played as the ship sank, for £1.1m. But now, he appreciated this piece was “one of the most iconic and important items from the Titanic ever offered at auction and shows that interest in the ship and its passengers remains incredibly strong”.