RMS Titanic ‘rusticles’ withdrawn from Americana antiques auction

titanic_hull_heritage.JPGDALLAS – Three items have been withdrawn from the Americana & Political Memorabilia auction to be conducted by Heritage Auctions on May 21, 2011.

The items, commonly called “rusticles,” are biological formations that developed over the decades on wreckage of the RMS Titanic, but were not originally part of the ship.

Heritage is returning the lots to the consignor, Charles Pellegrino.

Mr. Pellegrino has indicated he will send the rusticles to RMS Titanic, Inc., the Atlanta, Georgia-based company that has exclusive control over artifacts and objects recovered from the Titanic and its wreck site.

Pellegrino is one of the most well-known and influential scientists and authors in the world, often crossing over between the fields of astrobiology, primordial biology, and deep-ocean bio-archaeology.  He has published reports ranging from the 1988 AAAS Symposium on International Cooperation on Large Scale Space Ventures to the New York Times best seller, Her Name, Titanic, a non-fiction source for James Cameron’s Titanic. He was an on-screen scientist/historian in James Cameron’s 3D documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, and one of a small army of scientific consultants used during the filming of Avatar. 

The May 21 auction still offers a number of Titanic memorabilia. Which can be seen at the auction listing.


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