Titanic's last lunch menu sells for $88,000 at auction

Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat

2015-10-02 10:53:45

A menu from the last luncheon ever served on the Titanic has sold for $88,000 at auction.

The menu was one of three items linked to the infamous 'Millionaire's Boat' or 'Money Boat' - a lifeboat whose wealthy passengers allegedly bribed the crew to set off half-full and not to return for any other survivors.

It survived in the pocket of Lincoln Salomon (1868-1959), a New York businessman and cousin of the famous photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Salomon was one of five passengers in the lifeboat, along with seven crew members, although it had a capacity to hold up to 40 people.

The menu shows that on April 14 – just hours before the ship sank - first-class passengers enjoyed a lunch including Cockie Leekie, fillets of Brill, grilled mutton chops, potted shrimps, Norwegian anchovies, round of spiced beef, corned ox tongue, Bologna sausage and custard pudding.

The menu also included the signature of another survivor, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, believed to have been Salomon's dining companion on the ship's final fateful day.

The other two items of memorabilia also originated from Salomon's collection.

First was a ticket from the Titanic's Turkish Baths weighing chair, a chair in the cooling room which would measure a person’s weight. As one of just four tickets of its type known to exist, and bearing the pencilled names of three of the five other First Class passengers aboard the No. 1lifeboat, it sold for $11,000.

The final item was a letter written to Salomon by fellow survivor Mabel Francatelli (1880-1967), who escaped on the boat with her employer Lucy Duff-Gordon (1863-1935) and her husband, Scottish nobleman Cosmo Duff-Gordon (1862-1931). Written six months after the disaster, the letter sold for $7,500.

All three items were offered for sale by Lion Heart Autographs in New York.

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