Last letter from the Titanic sells for 119,000 pounds

Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:08pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - A letter from a passenger on the Titanic, written just hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage, sold at auction on Saturday for 119,000 pounds ($200,000).

It was written by British survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva who had been travelling in Second Class on their way to start a new life in Canada.

Auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son said the price was believed to be a record for a Titanic letter.

"There was a lot of interest," said a spokesman. "We have sold other letters from the Titanic but none have reached anything like this price."

The Titanic sank on the night of Sunday 14 April 1912, on the fifth day of its first voyage from Southampton to New York.

Over 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives in the tragedy, including Hart's husband Benjamin.

The letter, written on special stationery headed "On board RMS ‘Titanic'" and complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag, was intended to be delivered to Hart's mother in Chadwell Heath, east London.

It tells how Esther Hart was suffering the effects of sea-sickness and feeling the cold.

"My dear ones all," it begins. "As you see it is Sunday afternoon and we are resting in the library after luncheon. I was very bad all day yesterday could not eat or drink and sick all the while, but today I have got over it.   Continued...