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Titanic letter sells: 200k paid at British auction for letter

A Titanic letter sells for 200k at British auction on Saturday. This letter may be one of the few letters known to be written on board the sunken ocean liner that has survived. It was even written on the day of the sinking. It is dated 'Sunday afternoon.' The ocean liner was at the bottom of the ocean by Monday morning. On April 27, The Chicago Tribune reported on the sale of the letter.

Henry Aldridge & son sells a letter written on the last day of the Titanic at auction for $200k.
Photo by Matt Cardy

This rare letter was sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers, and it actually brought in more than the auction house originally thought. It was believed the letter would bring in about $168k. The final price came in $32k above that number. The identity of the person that brought the letter was not revealed. It was an anonymous bidder out of England that brought this letter.

Who wrote this letter? According to Canada Journal, a second class passenger wrote about the 'wonderful voyage.' That passenger did survive the voyage with her seven-year old daughter. Eva Hart, the daughter, died in 1996.

This letter is the second account of the final days of the Titanic to pop up in recent weeks. A letter from a maid on board the ship popped up on Reddit recently when the owner of the letter wanted it translated. The maid survived the sinking of the ocean letter, and she gave intimate details about the night of the sinking. Henry Aldridge & son also sold another letter written on board the Titanic at a 2013 auction.

It has been over 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, but it is still a topic that earns much interest. The sale of this letter proves that. What do you think? Would you pay $200k for a letter from someone on board the Titanic?

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