Big price paid at an auction Saturday for a tiny object from Titanic


The lunch was served to officers on the first day of sea trials on 2 April 1912. It included consommé mirrette, sweetbreads and spring lamb, cream of hicken, roast chicken. The valuable paper belonged to Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the most senior crew member to survive, who gave it to his wife as he left Southampton on 10 April 1912. Auctioneer Alan Aldridge said it was “one of the rarest menus in existence”. Some other objects from Titanic were sold on the Saturday auction. A key to the doomed vessel’s chart room sold to a collector from Texas for £78,000, while a drowned steward’s badge sold for £57,000.


“We are delighted with the results of the auction and think the rarity of the objects is reflected in the prices which illustrates the ongoing fascination with the story of the Titanic,” the auctioneer Alan Aldridge declared. He said it was believed only one other example of a 2 April menu had survived, which belonged to Titanic’s Fifth Officer Harold Lowe. The Lowe menu sold at auction for £28,000 in 2004. Just to remember. RMS Titanic  was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died.


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