A Titanic letter sells for 200k dollars and possibly makes a record-breaking price for a letter from the ill-fated ship. A British passenger, Esther Hart, and her seven-year-old daughter, Eva, wrote the letter while they were heading to Canada for a new life. The letter was sold Saturday.
Reuters reported April 28 that the letter was written a few hours before the Titanic hit an iceberg, which sank the ship on April 14, 1912. Titanic was on a maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
There were a lot of letters on auction from the ship, but intense interest was in this mother-daughter timepiece. This particular Titanic letter sold for 200k dollars. It had letterhead stationery that read "On board RMS 'Titanic'." It also had an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag. According to the report, the letter was written for Hart's mother, Chadwell Heath in London.
Hart explained that she was suffering from sea-sickness and the cold temperatures. Not long after she wrote the letter, 1,500 people lost their lives when Titanic lost its battle against the sea. Her husband, Benjamin, didn't survive.
Eva later explained that the letter was never sent because it served as a reminder to her mother of the events that unfolded that tragic night. The letter was put in the pocket of her husband's coat that he gave her to keep warm when she evacuated the ship with Eva on a lifeboat.
Eva died at the age of 91 in 1996.
Today had a full account of the historical script and how Esther described the journey. Eva wrote a small message at the end of the handwritten document. If a Titanic letter sells for 200k, its value of today is enormous.