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Letter penned a day before Titanic sank sold at United Kingdom auction

Letter penned a day before Titanic sank sold at United Kingdom auction”

He continues to describe the music, food and talks of catching a glimpse of one of the world's richest businessmen at the time, John Jacob Astor, who happened to be with his wife Madeleine on the ship's deck.

A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ship sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England.

Despite being stained with sea-water the artefact is highly coveted as it is thought to be the only known letter, on headed Titanic notepaper, to have gone into the Atlantic when the ship went down and survived.

The auctioneer, Andrew Aldridge, described the anonymous customer as someone "who collects iconic items from history".

"He looks like any other human being even tho (sic) he has millions of money", he wrote.

He addressed it "My Dear Mother", telling her, "If all goes well, we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M".

Holverson later became a businessman in NY where he married his wife, Mary Alice Towner.

She never remarried - and according to Encyclopaedia Titanica, she was buried with her husband in NY after dying of kidney failure in 1918 at the age of 41.

The letter, written on three of its four pages, was discovered in Mr Holverson's pocket notebook when his body was recovered.

He told BBC News that its content takes it to another level, "because of its date, the fact it went into the Atlantic and the observations it contains".

The letter, along with his effects, were sent back to his mother in Alexandria and the letter resurfaced earlier this month, 105 years later.

Mr Aldridge said that makes it "possibly, the only onboard letter written by a victim that was delivered to its recipient without postage".

"If all goes well we will arrive in NY (on) Wednesday".

Auction house Henry Aldridge & Son, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia, said Saturday the letter was "the most important Titanic letter we have ever auctioned".

A set of rusty locker keys from the Titanic that belonged to a cabin steward who survived the disaster were also sold at the auction.

Survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva penned the note just eight hours before the ship hit the iceberg.

"The prices illustrate the enduring interest in the Titanic and her passengers and crew", Mr Aldridge added.

Two previously unpublished photos of the Titanic went for £24,000.



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