Titanic's last dinner menu tops $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat

2015-11-10 11:03:53

A menu from the final dinner served aboard the Titanic, just hours before it sank, has sold for more than $100,000 in Dallas.

The First Class menu offered passengers delicacies including oysters, filet mignon, roast duckling and squab, along with desserts such as Waldorf pudding or peaches in chartreuse jelly.

The menu featured the signatures of the five men who dined together that night: Edward P. Calderhead of New York City; Spencer V. Silverthorne of St. Louis; George E. Graham, a sales manager from Winnipeg, Canada; James R. McGough, a buyer from Philadelphia; and John Irwin Flynn of Brooklyn. Four of them made it safely to the lifeboats and survived the disaster, but Graham was sadly lost with the ship.

Although menus from the luncheon on April 14 have previously sold at auction, this evening dinner menu is believed to be the first example of its kind to hit the market. Complete with its intricately illustrated front cover, the possibly unique menu sold for $118,750. 

The sale also included a further relic from the disaster: a painting of the iceberg which sank the ship, as captured by an artist on the boat which rescued survivors.

On the morning of April 15, passengers aboard the RMS Carpathia were plunged into a drama of their own as the ship responded to a distress call and began picking up Titanic survivors.

One of the passengers was Laura Wilson Luce of Titusville, Pennsylvania, an accomplished artist whose work had been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.

As the ship drifted through an ice field, she sketched an illustration of the huge iceberg believed to have been responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, which she later turned into an oil painting.

As a unique first-hand account of the events, the painting sold for $12,500.

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