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Rare Titanic memorabilia up for auction

More than 250 items of memorabilia from the ill-fated 'Titanic' are up for auction in Wiltshire today. The ship sank in 1912 after leaving Southampton for New York.

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Titanic coat sells for twice estimated price in Wiltshire auction

A fur coat owned by a first class stewardess on the Titanic has sold for a huge £150,000 at auction.

The coat worn by Mabel Bennett went for more than double its expected price at the sale at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes.

It was bought by a bidder in the room.

The fur coat was worn by Mabel Bennett. Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son

The full length beaver lamb coat was worn by Bennett to protect her from the cold when she was saved in lifeboat number five.

She also wore it when she travelled aboard the Red Star Line SS Lapland, which was used to transport Titanic's crew back to England.

The coat is accompanied by a copy photo of her on the deck of the Lapland with other Titanic stewardesses as they waited to return home.

The coat is the only piece of well provenanced clothing from the Titanic to ever come to auction.

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