Titanic survivor artifacts coming to auction Sept. 30

Titanic menu

Luncheon menu from the R.M.S. Titanic’s final day in operation. (All photos courtesy Invaluable)

BOSTON – Invaluable and Lion Heart Autographs have partnered to offer live online bidding on three very rare and previously unknown artifacts recovered from survivors of the RMS Titanic’s infamous Lifeboat No. 1. The Rare Titanic Artifacts from Lifeboat No. 1 & Other Historic Autographs and Documents Auction will take place September 30, 2015 at noon ET, and online bidders can participate in the sale in real-time on the Invaluable platform. The auction is a no-buyers-premium auction.

Known as “The Millionaire’s Boat,” Lifeboat No. 1 was lowered from the Titanic with just five wealthy passengers and seven crew members, who were said to have quickly rowed away without trying to rescue anyone else. Among the rare Titanic memorabilia recovered from those passengers is a letter and envelope written by Lifeboat No. 1 survivor Mabel Francatelli on New York’s Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster (estimated at $4,000-$6,000). Francatelli was a first class passenger who survived the sinking of the Titanic by boarding Lifeboat No.1 with her employer, fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon, her husband, wealthy Scottish nobleman Cosmo Duff-Gordon and two other passengers, including Abraham Lincoln Salomon, the letter’s recipient.

Also for sale is one of only four known tickets from the Titanic’s Turkish Baths’ weighing chair (estimated at $7,500-$10,000), along with an extremely rare original menu from the last luncheon served aboard the Titanic (estimated at $50,000-$70,000) both of which were formerly owned by Salomon. The menu is also signed on the back in pencil by yet another First Class passenger, New Yorker, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who had likely eaten lunch with Salomon earlier that day, before jumping into Lifeboat No. 5.

“It is an honor to work with Lion Heart Autographs to make these significant items from survivors of the Titanic available for online bidding on Invaluable. The sinking of the Titanic is an equally tragic and important part of maritime history, and it is very special to give Invaluable bidders the chance to own such a rare piece of history,” said Rob Weisberg, Invaluable CEO. “In addition, we are excited to offer our bidders access to the incredible selection of historical autographs and documents also included in this auction, and we look forward to a very successful sale.”

In addition to the artifacts from The Titanic, Lion Heart Autographs will also offer a collection of

Titanic's Turkish Baths ticket

A ticket from Titanic’s Turkish Baths’ Weighing Chair.

historical documents and autographs by some of the world’s most celebrated personalities including world leaders, authors, artists and scientists as part of the auction. Highlights include a single lot of more than 170 letters written from prison by CIA traitor Aldrich Ames (estimated at $10,000-$12,000), a typed letter by Albert Einstein about the difficulty of studying mathematics (estimated at $4,000-$6,000), an edict from Columbus’ patrons Ferdinand and Isabella outlawing playing cards and dice throughout their Iberian kingdom (estimated at$10,000-$12,000), one of the last letters by F. Scott Fitzgerald about his financial destitution just one month before he died (estimated at $8,000-$10,000) and a letter about marlin fishing and The Old Man and The Sea signed by Ernest Hemingway (estimated at $5,000-$6,000).

“The more than 100 autographs for sale at our ‘no buyer’s premium’ auction represent a cross-section of history that most people could never imagine owning and holding in their hands. What could be more thrilling than bidding and winning an artifact that survived from the Titanic or a piece of paper bearing George Washington’s beautifully crafted signature?” stated Lion Heart Autographs’ founder and owner David Lowenherz.

For more information about the auction and to bid online during the sale, please visit Invaluable.com.

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