Titanic Artefact Sells for World-Record Price
We all know about the Titanic sinking, whether it was by watching the film or by a different resource. For many, the film is an all-time favourite but does anyone actually know what artefacts are still being found today?
Recently, a letter was recovered from a body of a victim, who purchased a first-class ticket. He was called Alexander Oskar Holverson and wrote a letter to his mother whilst aboard the ship. The letter was penned just a day before the Titanic sank, sadly with many passengers and crew with it.
Astonishingly, this letter sold for £126,000 at an auction, breaking the world record price at a previous £119,000! The letter was written on three sides of paper, with a fourth left blank – each page measuring seven inches by nine.
Surprisingly, the ink hadn’t smudged. In fact, there were only a couple of colourful stains on the fourth page – the part that was most exposed to the salt water. It is one of the last known letters to survive the sinking.
Alexander wrote lots of interesting things about the ship, including what life on board was like for first-class passengers.
The auctioneer said, “I am very pleased with the world record tag and hope to continue auctioning these amazing artefacts as I find them very interesting myself!”
There is another auction coming up when three other artefacts are being sold. These are expected to fetch around the £100,000 mark. In total, around 6,000 artefacts have been brought to the surface and they always attract a lot of interest from wealthy bidders.
If you haven’t yet seen the film Titanic I would advise you to watch it as it gives you an amazing idea of what everyday life would have been like on board and, of course, what followed after the fateful collision with the iceberg.
There’s lots more about this amazing topic here: http://www.titanicfacts.net/
Freya, Year 6