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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.


Biscuit from the Titanic could be sold for £10,000

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Is this the world's most expensive biscuit?

A biscuit that was on the Titanic is being auctioned off in Wiltshire - and is expected to fetch up to £10,000.

Originally part of a survival kit on the ill-fated ship's lifeboats, it is being sold along with a collection of photographs from the rescue of Titanic survivors, kept by a direct descendant of the Fenwicks. They were a newlywed couple whose honeymoon journey on the SS Carpathia was cut short when it took a detour to save lives. The biscuit was kept in a Kodak photographic envelope, complete with the original notation: "Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912".

It will be auctioned off in Devizes on October 24th.

Titanic letter sells for world record £119,000

The letter sold for a world record £119,000 Credit: ITV News West Country

The last letter known to be written on the ill-fated Titanic sold for a world record £119,000 at auction today.

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

The letter was written just hours before the Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 Credit: ITV News West Country

The price tag shattered the previous record for a Titanic-related letter, which had stood at £94,000, auctioneers said.

The letter, headed On board 'Titanic' and written on Titanic stationery, comes complete with an envelope embossed with the White Star Line flag.

Titanic historian says Titanic violin reached more money than any other Titanic artifact at auction

A violin thought to have been played while the Titanic sunk is believed to be the most expensive artifact from the ship ever to come to auction. The violin was auctioned off in Devizes yesterday with bidders reaching 9 hundred thousand pounds.

That was three times the guide price. Peter Boyd Smith, Titanic Historian said he doesn't believe anything else has ever been sold for that amount of money.

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Auctioneer: I don't think this price will ever be beaten

Alan Aldridge, of auction house Henry Aldridge and Son, has said he does not think any other piece of Titanic memorabilia will raise as much as the violin sold today:

I don't think this price will ever be beaten. The violin was the most iconic item we have seen and there were some very, very wealthy people bidding.

We estimated between £200,000 and £300,000 but we always said it had the potential to hit £1 million.

It is the only piece of Titanic memorabilia that has the potential to reach £1 million - it is so, so iconic.

– Alan Aldridge, auctioneer

He said that with the addition of the buyer's premium and VAT, the final price would top £1 million.

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