'Last' Titanic letter sells for world-record £119,000 at auction

The letter was written on RMS Titanic stationary. Credit: Henry Aldridge and Son/PA Wire

The last letter known to have been written on the Titanic has sold for a world-record £119,000 at auction.

The letter was penned by second class passenger Esther Hart just hours before the liner struck an iceberg on Sunday April 14, 1912.

Auctioneers said the £119,000 price tag has shattered the previous record for a Titanic-related letter, which was £94,000.

The letter, headed "On board RMS 'Titanic'", comes complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag.

In the letter Mrs Hart, who was travelling with her daughter and well-known survivor Eva Hart, talks about being ill while on board the ill-fated New York-bound liner.

She writes:

My Dear ones all. As you see it is Sunday afternoon and we are resting in the library after luncheon. I was very bad all day yesterday could not eat or drink and sick all the while, but today I have got over it." She goes on to describe how she had been to a church service with Eva and 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.

Some 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives in the tragedy, including Mrs Hart's husband Benjamin.

Mrs Hart and Eva were among those rescued by HMS Carpathia.