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2 letters from Titanic passengers up for auction

2 letters from Titanic passengers up for auction

Two letters written by first class Titanic passengers _ one who survived and one who perished with the ship _ are going up for auction next month.
The letters are written on White Star Lines stationery that says "On board R.M.S. 'Titanic'." They will be offered in New York City and online Jan. 16 and are expected to sell for $10,000 to $20,000 each, said Robert Litzenberger, a historical autograph specialist at auction house Spink Smythe's Dallas office.
The New York, London and Dallas-based auction house said the letters were put in the mail from Southampton, England, just before the ship departed on April 10, 1912, for New York on its maiden voyage. The ship struck an iceberg and sank early on the morning of April 14.
In a letter dated April 10, Adolphe Saalfeld, chairman of an English pharmacy company, wrote to his wife that he'd just spent hours roaming about "this wonderful boat."
Litzenberger said Saalfeld, who survived in a lifeboat full of women and children, died in England in 1926. Some of the perfume samples he was carrying were eventually recovered in the wreckage, Litzenberger said.
The second letter was written by George Graham of Harriston, Canada, a sales manager for the Eaton's department store company. It was written to a business colleague in Berlin, the auction house said. In the letter, also dated April 10, Graham expresses his "good wishes" and tells the colleague he hopes to see him the next year. Graham died when the ship sank.
Litzenberger said that the seller of the letters does not want to be identified. He said both letters were purchased at auction in the 1990s.


Updated : 2020-12-02 14:51 GMT+08:00