Titanic menu, JFK limo license plates head to auction block
By Marice Richter
DALLAS (Reuters) - A menu from the last dinner served to first-class passengers aboard the Titanic before it sank in 1912 is among a few surviving artifacts from the ill-fated ship's journey that will be auctioned off on Saturday.
The menu will be up for bid in a sale that includes a pair of license plates from the limousine that drove President John F. Kennedy through downtown Dallas when he was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
Opening bid on the license plates is $40,000 while pre-bidding on the menu reached $44,000 on Friday, according to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
The menu featured a selection of oysters, filet mignon, roast duckling, squab and other delicacies, topped off with desserts such as Waldorf pudding or peaches in chartreuse jelly.
Besides the menu, other Titanic relics up for sale include a recently discovered distress telegram sent by Western Union to the ship's ownership company in New York informing officials that the Titanic had struck an iceberg and was in trouble, the auction house said.
"Sinking fast – come to our assistance," it read.
The luxury ocean liner foundered in the Atlantic Ocean on after striking an iceberg on April 15, 1912 during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York. Some 1,500 people lost their lives.
Officials with White Star Line claimed in a Congressional inquiry that the company never received notice of distress from the Titanic. Opening bid for the telegram is $20,000, the auction house said. Continued...