A necklace that belonged to a passenger on the Titanic was stolen from the Tivoli Amusement Park in Denmark. Tivoli Park spokesman Torben Planks says the alarm did not sound when the jewelry disappeared Saturday morning. The item was part of a temporary display of artifacts from the ill-fated North Atlantic Ocean liner.
The gold-plated necklace was owned by first class passenger Eleanor Wildener of Philadelphia, who survived the Titanic sinking, according to the maritime historian Claes Goran Wetterholm.
Police are investigating the necklace incident, and Tivoli has offered a reward of $1,380 for its recovery.
“The showcase has not been broken into and the alarm didn’t go off,” Plank said, adding police were investigating the theft. “It is pretty embarrassing.”
Exhibition owner Luis Ferreiro said the necklace was insured for $17,000, but was so well known he doubted it could be sold on. The traveling exhibition includes other items recovered from the famous shipwreck.
The Titanic sank in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, while making its Maiden Voyage with 1,500 passengers and crew that perished in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg.
“It was very important piece. The artifacts tell stories about the people aboard,” Ferreiro said of the stolen necklace.