The Straits Times
Published on Nov 27, 2012

Rare photo of Titanic iceberg coming up for auction


WASHINGTON (AFP) - A rare original photograph of the iceberg suspected of sinking the Titanic in the icy North Atlantic in 1912 is coming up for auction next month.

RRAuction of Amherst, New Hampshire said on its website Monday that the towering iceberg seen in the mounted black-and-white image is "eerily similar" to the one depicted in sketches by two crew members of the ill-fated liner.

It was snapped by W.F. Wood, captain of another vessel, the Etonian, two days prior to the disaster, "at a position arguably 2-3 days' iceberg travel time to Titanic's foundering position," it said.

"The photo shows a massive iceberg with a very distinctive elliptical shape," added the auctioneers, who estimated its value at US$8,000 (S$9,700) to US$10,000 ahead of the sale that runs from Dec 13 through 16.