WEB DESK: A biscuit which had been aboard a lifeboat on the Titanic has been sold for £15,000 at an auction.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker, from a survival kit in a lifeboat, was “the world’s most valuable biscuit”.
The worthy biscuit was paid for by a collector in Greece.
A photograph purporting to show the iceberg that sank Titanic was disposed of at the same auction for £21,000. The rare picture was taken by a steward on another ship which passed the iceberg.
Mr Aldridge said the biscuit and the photograph were among the most “collectible and iconic” Titanic items to be auctioned.
In the same auction, a “loving cup” presented to the captain of the Carpathia, which came to the Titanic’s aid, was also sold for £129,000 to a UK collector.
It was given to Captain Arthur Rostron by survivor Molly Brown, paid for by donations from wealthy passengers after the disaster.
The auctioneer said the price paid for the cup made it the third most worthy item associated with the Titanic tale to have ever been sold.
He said: “The interest in the items reflected the worldwide nature of Titanic memorabilia. They captured collectors’ imagination”.
The life boat biscuit was saved by James Fenwick, a passenger on the Carpathia which picked up Titanic survivors.He kept it in an envelope complete with original notation, “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912”.
Titanic had been four days into a week-long Transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York when the supposedly “unsinkable” ship struck the iceberg on 14 April 1912.The ship sank less than three hours later at around 02:20 on 15 April.
The heavily priced photograph was captured the day after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 people.
It was taken by the chief steward of steamer the Prinz Adalbert, who was at the time unaware of the tragedy that had occurred the previous day.The estimated guide price had been between £10,000 and £15,000.
Mr Aldridge described it as an “incredibly fascinating relic of the disaster.”