Rare letter on ship's letterhead sells for record $166000 — Titanic Sale

Ivan Schwartz
October 23, 2017

A personal letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic sold at an auction on Saturday for £126,000, a record price for correspondence from the doomed liner.

Written on embossed Titanic stationery by first-class passenger it was sent by Alexander Oskar Holverson on 13 April 1912, the day before the ocean liner sank.

The letter belonged to a passenger named Alexander Oskar Holverson, a salesman who signed up for the epic journey along with his wife.

As reported by Reuters, the ship was en route from Southampton to NY when disaster struck.

In the letter, he says the couple "had good weather while we were in London", adding that England was "quite green and nice".

Part of the letter reads: "This boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel".

"If all goes well we will arrive in NY (on) Wednesday".

In his letter Holverson also described his experiences of rubbing shoulders with one of the ship's most famous passengers.

It also contains an encounter of Mr. Holverson with John Jacob Astor, an American real-estate investor, and financier, who also at that time, was one of the world's richest and finest.

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"He looks like any other human being even tho (sic) he has millions of money", he wrote. "They sit out on deck with the rest of us".

Holverson's wife Mary survived the tragic incident and on recovering her husband's body, the letter was discovered on his person, inside a pocket book.

Holverson, described as a successful businessman, had written the letter to his mother during the voyage.

Andrew Aldridge, the auctioneer, said the letter had been sold to a British collector of iconic historic artifacts for $166,000, which is a world record price for such an item.

Auction house Henry Aldridge & Son, which specialises in Titanic memorabilia, said the letter was "the most important Titanic letter we have ever auctioned" because of its content, historical context and rarity.

Earlier this year, a fur coat worn by a stewardess on the Titanic who was saved from the doomed ship has been sold for £150,000 at auction, nearly twice the estimate.

In April 2014, the last letter written on the ship fetched €133,000 after being auctioned by Henry Aldridge & Son.

The Titanic struck an iceberg on the evening of 14 April 1912 and sank in just over two hours, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Other reports by GizPress

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