Titanic: A rare menu highlighting life on board sells for more than $100,000


The water-stained menu for first class passengers on board the Titanic

Editor’s Note: This article was updated with the final sale price and other details after the auction ended.


Rare first class list of Titanic It sold for £83,000 ($102,000) on Saturday as part of auction Of memorabilia associated with the ill-fated ocean liner.

British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd said the list, which was heavily stained by water and some letters partially erased, likely ended up in the North Atlantic for a period of time when the Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912. Description a lot.

The eventually salvaged menu details the first dinner on board after the Titanic set sail from Queenstown, Belfast, and reveals the luxury the ship’s first-class passengers would have experienced.


A tartan blanket recovered from one of the lifeboats sold for 96,000 pounds ($117,000).

Dinner options that night of April 11 included oysters, beef steak with horseradish cream and mashed parsnips, with desserts including apricot bordello – a type of tart – and Victoria pudding.

There appear to be no other surviving examples of the first-class list for that particular night, the auction house found after consulting museums with Titanic collections and speaking to leading memorabilia collectors.

Other items in the auction offer a glimpse into the lives of the 2,223 passengers and crew on board the Titanic, of whom only 706 survived.

The tartan blanket that one of these survivors used to keep warm in a lifeboat was hailed by the auction house as “one of the rarest three-dimensional objects we have seen,” and sold for £96,000 ($117,000).

Previously, the blanket had been owned by Frederick Tobin, who, as assistant general manager in New York for the company that owned the Titanic, obtained it from a pier in New York when he met rescued passengers coming ashore, the auction house previously said. On sale on Saturday.

But 1,517 of those on board the Titanic did not survive, and the pocket watch of Sinai Cantor, a Russian immigrant who was traveling to the United States in second class, indicates the moment he entered the water and later died. The piece fetched 97,000 pounds ($119,000), becoming the most expensive piece sold at auction on Saturday.

Other items for sale included a confrontation slip, used to mark mail packages, which highlighted the fate of the postal clerks on board the ship, who all died while trying to carry mailbags to the ship’s upper decks to try to save them from flooding. The house has been added.

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