To mark the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a rare original launch ticket will head to auction in New York at the Bonham’s event on the 14th and 15th of April. Still in prime condition, the ticket is expected to fetch up to $70,000.
The rare launch ticket still has its perforated admission stub still intact and all the markings and lettering are in good condition. It will be one of hundreds of Titanic memorabilia that will be auctioned off to mark the anniversary of the Titanic.
Gregg Dietrich, Bonham’s Maritime consultant, said, “The interest in Titanic far surpasses the sinking or wreck of any other ship, making it an historical bookmark.”
In addition to the rare ticket, a hand-written two-page report by Captain Arthur Henry Rostron, who was the captain of the rescue ship Carpathia, is expected to be another star lot and able to fetch as much as $120,000 at the auction. In part, the letter reads, “At 12:35 am ship’s time, April 15 … 1912, I was called by the 1st officer in company with Marconi operator … informed that the White Star Liner ‘Titanic’ was sending out urgent distress signals by wireless that she had struck ice & required immediate assistance … I immediately ordered Carpathia turned round … also sent wireless to Titanic saying we were coming to his assistance.”
Other memorabilia to be auctioned off include letters and postcards from Titanic survivors, items from the 1953 film and James Cameron’s 1997 movie and three framed Marconi messages saying “TITANIC HAS SUNK”.
In addition to Bonham’s auction, many exhibitions, voyages and auctions will also be marking the anniversary including Guernsey’s Auction House who will be selling more than 5,500 artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Titanic, which will be sold to one bidder as a single collection. According to Guernsey’s Auction House, they are currently in confidential discussions with multiple parties for the purchase of the collection.
Source: Born Rich