Titanic Victim’s Letter Sells For $166,000

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(Newswire.net — invalid date) –The letter, which was written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson, on April 13, 1912, is one of the last known to have survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Alexander Oskar Holverson, a Titanic victim, wrote to his mother just a day before the ship sank. In the letter he describes his impressions of the ship, and praises the food and music.

”If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.,” Holverson wrote. He was traveling with his wife, Mary Alice, who survived Titanic’s fateful encounter with the iceberg.

Until the auction, held by Henry Aldridge & Son in the southern English town of Devizes, the letter was in possession of Holverson’s family.
It is not knows who bought the letter, but the 166,000 dollar price is a record for correspondence from the Titanic.

Also, on the same day, in the auction in southern England, somebody bought iron keys from the Titanic, for 100,256 dollars.

The Titanic, one of the most famous ships in history, was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of April 15 1912, after it collided with an iceberg, during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard the ship, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history.

The Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line.

The Titanic was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster, as well as the commander Edward Smith.

The wreck of the Titanic was first discovered in 1985, it still remains on the seabed, but thousands of artifacts from the ship have been put on display at museums around the world.