A tough Titanic biscuit that had been aboard a lifeboat has sold at auction. The cookie went for $23,000 to a collector in Greece. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker was also sold with a photograph taken after the ship disaster that sold for $32,000, according to New York Daily News.
It’s an interesting item that sold more than most of the ship’s treasures. The auction proves that most people are still amused by antiques found from the doomed vessel.
The Titanic biscuit, now being dubbed as the world’s most valuable cracker, is from a survival kit in a lifeboat. The item was saved by a passenger on the Carpathia which picked up ship survivors. It was bought by a collector in Greece.
Last year, a classic violin that was used on the ship on the auction block. And now a photograph purporting to show the iceberg that sank the ill-fated liner sold at the same auction for $32,000. The picture was taken by a steward on another ship, which passed the iceberg.
The auction, at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, also saw a “loving cup” presented to the captain of the Carpathia, which came to the ship’s aid, also sell for $197,000 to a UK collector. It was given to Captain Arthur Rostron by survivor Molly Brown, paid for by donations from wealthy passengers after the disaster. Aldridge said the price paid for the cup made it the third most valuable item associated with the ship story to have ever been sold.
The Titanic biscuit was saved by James Fenwick, a passenger on the Carpathia which picked up Titanic survivors. He kept the biscuit it in an envelope complete with original notation, “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.” Aldridge said: “The interest in the items reflected the worldwide nature of Titanic memorabilia. They captured collectors’ imagination.”
Aldridge described the Titanic biscuit and photograph as an “incredibly fascinating relic of the disaster.” The ship had been four days into a week-long Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York when it struck the iceberg on 14 April 1912. The ship sank less than three hours later at around 02:20 on 15 April.
The Washington Post said the Titanic photograph was taken by the chief steward of the Prinz Adalbert, who was at the time unaware of the tragedy that had occurred the previous day. The photograph was captured the day after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 people.
It comes with a previously unpublished statement from the photographer, who describes seeing scrapings of red paint on the side. The estimated guide price had been between $15,000 and $23,000.