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Letter written by passenger on the Titanic, hours before sinking, sells for $251,000

Published on Apr 27, 2014 12:06 AM

L ONDON (Reuters) - A letter from a passenger on the Titanic, written just hours before the ship hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage, sold at an auction on Saturday for 119,000 pounds (S$251,230).

It was written by British survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva, who had been travelling in Second Class on their way to start a new life in Canada.

Auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son said the price was believed to be a record for a Titanic letter. "There was a lot of interest," said a spokesman. "We have sold other letters from the Titanic but none have reached anything like this price."

The Titanic sank on the night of Sunday 14 April 1912, on the fifth day of its first voyage from Southampton to New York. Over 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives in the tragedy, including Hart's husband Benjamin.

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