Rare Titanic memorabilia set for Bonhams centenary sale



2015-06-26 10:45:28

Rare Titanic memorabilia set for Bonhams centenary sale

29 Mar 2012, 10:18 GMT+01

Bonhams have announced further details on their upcoming event auction ‘R.M.S. Titanic: 100 Years of Fact & Fiction’.

The sale, which takes place in New York on April 15, will feature a wealth of memorabilia relating to history’s most famous and tragic ocean liner. It will also offer collectors the chance to acquire items from the two well-known feature films based on the ship, made in 1953 and 1997.

“The interest in the Titanic far surpasses the sinking or wreck of any other ship, making it an historical ‘bookmark,’” said Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams Maritime consultant. “This finely curated auction is completely dedicated to the finest and rarest Titanica that has come to market recently.”

One of the auction’s star lots will be an original ticket to the ship’s launch in Belfast on May 31, 1911. With its perforated admission slip still intact, this ticket is the world’s only known complete example as is expected to sell for between $50,000 and $70,000.

Another remarkable lot is a two-page handwritten account of the incident by Captain Arthur Henry Rostron of the R.M.S. Carpathia, which changed its course to rescue many of the survivors on the fateful night of April 15.
Dated April 27, 1912, the report features a vivid description of the rescue along with a list of the survivors listed by rank and class. This historic account will be offered with a pre-sale estimate of $90,000 - $120,000.

Other notable highlights include:

  • An archive of post cards and letters from 20 survivors of the disaster, each acquired in 1969 by Andrew J. Cannata after writing to a number of the survivors as part of a high school project – estimated value $30,000 - $50,000
  • A collection of three Marconi messages announcing the arrival of the R.M.S. Carpathia and the message "TITANIC HAS SUNK," dated 15 APR 1912 – estimated value $20,000 - $30,000
  • A First-Class dinner menu from the liner – estimated value $25,000 - $35,000

In addition to the original real-life items, the sale will also feature film memorabilia from both the 1997 James Cameron film ‘Titanic’ and the 1958 Roy Ward Baker film ‘A Night to Remember’. Items will include the ship’s bell from the 1958 film valued at $10,000 - $15,000, and a panel of four stained glass windows from the smoking room set of the 1997 film valued at $7,000 - $10,000.

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