Titanic Collection, ca. 1912

Value (2013) | $50,000 Auction$75,000 Auction

My grandparents were on their honeymoon trip on the Carpathia in 1912 when the Carpathia went to rescue the Titanic passengers. And my grandfather kept a detailed diary.

So it's an eyewitness account of picking up the people.

Eyewitness account from the Carpathia standpoint of picking up the survivors. And his bride, my grandmother, Mabel Fenwick had a Kodak camera on board and she took many of these... All these photos she took.

Oh, there's the iceberg. Is that the iceberg?

Several experts have told us that it's a double-peaked iceberg, it was an odd shape, and that that's the shape that was described as being the iceberg that...

Right. So, you've got the eyewitness photographs, you've got the eyewitness diaries, then you have the letters that were written to your relatives from the survivors who stayed in their cabins. And then you had this... And this is probably the most interesting and unique piece. This is a hardtack biscuit from a Titanic lifeboat.

Yeah, that's really pretty remarkable.

We've had a lot of Titanic stuff here. The peak Titanic market was there when the film came out, but what you've got is the original photographs and I understand that these have been used and reproduced... They've been published in many books.


I'd advise you to copyright the photographs and make sure that you retain those copyrights.

And not to eat the biscuit, I assume.

And don't eat the biscuit-- right. It's hard to place a value on it, but I would say that in terms of what the Titanic stuff has been selling for and whether the market is going to continue like it has been... $50,000, $75,000 for all of this stuff. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

Okay, very good.

Appraisal Details

Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
Update (2013)
$50,000 Auction$75,000 Auction
Appraised value (1999)
$50,000 Auction$75,000 Auction
Baltimore, MD (June 19, 1999)

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