Titanic’s £126,000 letter sale

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A LETTER writ­ten on the Titanic the day be­fore it sank has sold for a record-break­ing £126,000.

The hand­writ­ten note, on over­sized em­bossed Titanic sta­tionery, was penned on April 13, 1912, by first class pas­sen­ger Alexan­der Oskar Holver­son, who in­tended to post it to his mother in New York.

Mr Holver­son, a sales­man, was one of more than 1,500 pas­sen­gers and crew who died when the Titanic struck an ice­berg on April 14.

The letter, writ­ten on three of four pages, was found in Mr Holver­son’s pocket note­book when his body was re­cov­ered.

It fetched £126,000 dur­ing an auc­tion of Titanic mem­o­ra­bilia at Henry Aldridge & Son in De­vizes, Wilt­shire, yes­ter­day.

Auc­tion­eer An­drew Aldridge said he was de­lighted at the record sale.

He said the letter was “ex­cep­tional on sev­eral lev­els, in­clud­ing con­tent, his­tor­i­cal con­text and rar­ity”.

The letter is one of the last known to have sur­vived the sink­ing and the last known letter writ­ten on board by a vic­tim.

It was re­ceived by Mr Holver­son’s mother af­ter his body was re­cov­ered and re­mained in the fam­ily.

In April 2014, the last letter writ­ten on the Titanic sold for a to­tal of £119,000. It was penned by sur­vivors Es­ther Hart and her daugh­ter Eva, seven, eight hours be­fore the ship sank.

Rusty locker keys from the Titanic that be­longed to a cabin stew­ard who sur­vived the dis­as­ter were also sold at the auc­tion for £76,000, while two pre­vi­ously un­seen pho­to­graphs of the ship made £24,000.

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