An anonymous person paid a huge sum of money for an old piece of paper that was once aboard the Titanic.
The document is in fact a luncheon menu used by the first-class passengers, and it dates back to April 14, 1912. Given the date, it means that this lunch menu was the last one to ever be used on the Titanic, before the ship sunk in the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean on the 15th of April 1912.
As revealed by the old menu, first-class passengers feasted on Norwegian anchovies grilled mutton chops, potted shrimps, and many other luxury foods.
September 30, the menu was put up for auction, and people expected that is would sell for about $50,000. However, on the day of the auction, the yellowed document sold for an impressive $88,000. The buyer who did not want to reveal his or her identity, paid $38,000 more for the menu, than it was initially expected.
Invaluable.com and Lion Heart Autographs stated that, although the buyer is anonymous, he or she could be a descendant of one of the people (about 700) who managed to survive the day the Titanic had sunk.
Abraham Lincoln Salomon, a passenger on the Lifeboat No. 1, was the person to whom the menu once belonged. Lifeboat No. 1 sparked a lot of controversy after the Titanic sank, because although it had a capacity of 40 people, only 12 people were carried on that boat – five first-class passenger, and two crew member. Allegedly, the wealthy passengers bribed the crew members to sail away from the ship, and not take on more people.
When he boarded Lifeboat No. 1, Salomon also had a bath weighing chair ticket tucked in his pocket, on which three scribbled names were later on discovered: Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon (fashion designer), Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, and Miss Laura Mabel Francatelli.
The Turkish baths ticket was also sold at the auction for $11,000, and a letter sent six month after the tragedy, by Miss Laura Mabel Francatelli to Abraham Lincoln Salomon, was sold for $7,500.
At the recent auction, other documents were sold, such as Albert Einstein’s letter to a man who sought for his advice ($4,000), 170 letters written by Aldrich Ames, a CIA double agent ($9,000), and a royal edict from 1494, that was written on behalf of Queen Isabella of Spain and King Ferdinand ($7,000).
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