Letter written on board Titanic sold for record-breaking €140000

Gladys Abbott
October 23, 2017

The last known letter written by a passenger who went down with the Titanic sold at auction on Saturday for $166,000.

Written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on embossed Titanic "on-board" stationary, the letter to his mother describes his impressions of the palatial ship, praising the food and music.

When the body of Halverson got out of the water, when it found a notebook, the pages of which was this letter.

It also contains an encounter of Mr. Holverson with John Jacob Astor, an American real-estate investor, and financier, who also at that time, was one of the world's richest and finest.

The personal letter retrieved was said to be the last known thing to have survived from the sinking ship and still have the marks of the time it spent in the Atlantic Ocean.

The salesman had boarded the Titanic in Southampton with his wife Mary, who survived the disaster.

"He looks like any other human being, even though he has millions of money". It reads, "If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.", Unfortunately, he wrote this the day before the Titanic came in contact with the iceberg.

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Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the letter is one of the most iconic and important items from the Titanic to be auctioned and highlights the incredibly strong interest in the ship and its passengers.

The letter was auctioned off for almost $250,000 New Zealand dollars.

She never remarried - and according to Encyclopaedia Titanica, she was buried with her husband in NY after dying of kidney failure in 1918 at the age of 41.

"They sit out on deck with the rest of us".

"It is exceptional on every level - including content, historical context and rarity", he explained, via email.

A set of rusty locker keys that belonged to a Titanic cabin steward also sold at the auction for €85,000.

This historic document with a divorce from seawater have been sold at auction Henry Aldridge & Son in Wiltshire to the buyer from the United Kingdom who was bidding by telephone.

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