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Titanic dinner menu resurfaces for auction

From the depths to the auction block after 111 years

By Maria Karamanou

Nearly 111 years following the tragic Titanic disaster, a remarkable array of items that endured one of the deadliest shipwrecks in human history is set to go under the auctioneer's gavel.

Among these artifacts stands out a menu, quite possibly the sole surviving relic from the first-class passengers' dinner on April 11, 1912. It is anticipated to fetch a price ranging between £50,000 and £70,000.

The menu showcases culinary offerings like oysters, lamb, and duck, and it bears distinct traces of the disaster.

Another intriguing item slated for auction is a blanket from the ship's deck, with an estimated value of £70,000 to £100,000. This blanket hails from the White Star Line's first-class section and is believed to have arrived in New York alongside a Titanic survivor aboard the rescue ship Carpathia.

Furthermore, a collection of other Titanic-related relics will soon become available at this forthcoming auction. Among them is a pocket watch that once belonged to the second-class passenger, Sinai Cantor.

This watch was discovered at sea during the recovery efforts following the shipwreck, and its worth is projected to fall within the range of £50,000 to £80,000.

Sinai Cantor had embarked on the Titanic from Southampton with his wife, Miriam, who managed to survive the disaster by boarding a lifeboat. In addition to this, a faded poster containing third-class fare information for the ill-fated Titanic voyage will also be presented for sale.

Remarkably, the White Star Line had reportedly destroyed many of these posters after the ship's demise, making their survival a rarity. The auction is scheduled to take place on November 11th.

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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