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'Last' Titanic Letter Fetches Record Price
The only surviving letter thought to have been written on the Titanic has been sold at auction for £119,000.
The price tag eclipses the previous record for a Titanic-related letter, which stood at £94,000.
The letter was written by second class passenger Esther Hart on Sunday April 14, 1912, and was meant to be delivered to her mother in Essex.
It went under the hammer at Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire, along with other Titanic collectibles.
The letter was sold with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag.
A total of 1,500 passengers and crew died when the New York-bound liner sank, including Mrs Hart's husband Benjamin.
Mrs Hart, who was travelling with her daughter and well-known survivor Eva Hart, writes about being ill on board.
"My Dear ones all. As you see it is Sunday afternoon and we are resting in the library after luncheon," she writes.
"I was very bad all day yesterday could not eat or drink and sick all the while, but today I have got over it."
Mrs Hart describes how she had been to a church service with Eva and goes on to talk about the trip so far.
"Tho they say this Ship does not roll on account of its size. Any how it rolls enough for me, I shall never forget it. It is very nice weather but awfully windy and cold.
"They say we may get into New York Tuesday night but we are really due early Wednesday morning, shall write as soon as we get there", she writes.
Mrs Hart and Eva were rescued by HMS Carpathia.
Andrew Aldridge, from Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers, said: "The importance of this legendary item cannot be overstated, being the only known surviving example of its type to have been written on that fateful day, surviving the sinking, and having belonged to such a well-known survivor."
A second class breakfast menu was also sold at the auction for £87,000, beating the previous record of £74,000 for a Titanic menu.
An extremely rare VIP ticket for the launch of Titanic in Belfast on May 31st 1911 also sold for £40,000.