Home Arts & Culture Titanic last letter fetches $200,000 at Henry Aldridge & Son auction

Titanic last letter fetches $200,000 at Henry Aldridge & Son auction

0

The last letter to be written on Titanic has sold for £119,000 ($200,000) at an auction in the UK.

The letter was written by survivors Esther Hart and her 7-year-old daughter Eva eight hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank in 1912.

The letter only survived because it was in the pocket of her husband’s coat which he gave her to keep warm.

The letter was written by Titanic survivors Esther Hart and her 7-year-old daughter Eva eight hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank in 1912

The letter was written by Titanic survivors Esther Hart and her 7-year-old daughter Eva eight hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank in 1912

Meant for her mother in Chadwell Heath, east London, the letter went under the hammer at a Wiltshire auctioneers.

Esther Hart wrote that they were enjoying what she called the “wonderful’ journey”.

She said they were likely to arrive in New York early because of the speed the ship was doing.

Her husband Benjamin died along with more than 1,500 people in the disaster.

The letter was auctioned at Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes on Saturday.

While the hammer price was £101,000, fees and other charges brought the total to £119,000, which the auctioneers said was a new world record for a Titanic letter.

[youtube VZaGKzGHxLM 650]