Rare passenger list from the doomed ocean liner Titanic fetches $33,000

A rare, second-class passenger list from the doomed ocean liner the Titanic, produced by White Star Line and with the words “Titanic, First Sailing, April 12, 1912” handwritten on the cover, sold for $33,900 at a three-day multi-estate sale conducted June 20-22 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The list was from the estate of Ken Schultz, a dedicated collector of ocean liner memorabilia.

“Titanic memorabilia is aggressively sought after by collectors worldwide, and we were very fortunate to have been able to include this extremely rare piece in our June sale,” said Philip Weiss. “The passenger list probably drew as much attention as any of the more than 2,000 lots that changed hands. We knew Ken Schultz’s collection would be a highlight. He really brought out the collectors.”

The Titanic item was not the top lot of the sale. That honor went to an original pen-and-ink Sunday “Peanuts” comic strip by the late Charles Schulz. Dated July 14, 1963, the strip showed Charlie Brown and Snoopy, with Snoopy dancing for his supper. It soared to $61,020. Also, a daily comic strip by Schulz, four panels, dated February 24, 1956,  featuring Charlie Brown and Lucy, achieved $28,250.
In all, the auction grossed right around $500,000.

Following are additional auction highlights. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

Rivaling the Titanic item for intense bidder interest were items relating to the horse race between the filly Ruffian and Foolish Pleasure, held July 6, 1975, in which Ruffian sustained severe leg injuries that led to her being put down the next day. Auctioned were the silk shirt worn by Ruffian’s jockey, Jacinto Vasquez; one of Ruffian’s horseshoes from the race; and a bandage safety pin.

An antique figural beer stein made by the German firm J. M. Musterschutz (circa 1900-1920) changed hands for $2,825. The stein was in the form of a Pierrot (French mime character, depicting a sad character). The hallmark on the base read, “Musterschutz, Made in Germany.” The piece stood 8 3/4 inches tall and was in overall good condition.

A toy Cadillac convertible, made in the 1950s by the German manufacturer GAMA, in near mint condition and still in the box, sped off for $2,260. The 12-inch-long vehicle was beautifully colored and detailed, made of sturdy metal and complete with composition driver, nicely detailed tin-litho interior and spring-load antenna. The colorful box had an illustration of the hardtop version of the car.

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