Ti­tanic price tag for White Star poster

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY DICK BAR­TON

The poster from around 1911 ad­ver­tis­ing transat­lantic trips on the Ti­tanic A RARE poster ad­ver­tis­ing transat­lantic trips on Ti­tanic and her sis­ter ship, Olympic, is ex­pected to sell for at least £6,000 when it is auc­tioned in Amer­ica later this month.

The poster, fea­tur­ing the words ‘White Star Line, RMS Olympic & Ti­tanic, largest steam­ers in the world’, was pro­duced in or around 1911.

It came just a few months be­fore one of the world’s worst mar­itime dis­as­ters.

More than 1,500 peo­ple died af­ter Ti­tanic hit an ice­berg and sank on April 15 1912, dur­ing her maiden voy­age from Southamp­ton to New York.

The Ti­tanic-Olympic poster is set to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000 (£6,000 to £9,000) at Swann Auc­tion Gal­leries in New York on Oc­to­ber 26.

Although the poster fea­tures an im­age of Olympic, it is the ref­er­ences to Ti­tanic which make it so valu­able.

Both ships were built by Har­land and Wolff in Belfast.

When Swann Auc­tion Gal­leries sold a sim­i­lar Ti­tanic poster in Novem­ber 2015, it fetched £8,000.

The Ti­tanic–Olympic ad­vert is by James Scrim­geour Mann, who was born in Dundee in 1883.

Mr Mann in­her­ited his en­thu­si­asm for the sea from his fa­ther, James Mann se­nior, who was cap­tain of a Dundee ship and died at sea off the coast of South Africa in 1901.

Also go­ing un­der the ham­mer on the same day is a 1926 poster ad­ver­tis­ing North­ern Ire­land as a tourist des­ti­na­tion.

It was com­mis­sioned by the Ul­ster Trans­port Author­ity and em­bla­zoned with the words: “Salmon Fish­eries, North­ern Ire­land.”

It is ex­pected to fetch between $700 and $1,000 (£500 to £750).

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