One of the few surviving menus from the last lunch served to first class passengers aboard the RMS Titanic before it sank 103 years ago sold at auction in the US overnight for $125,000 ($US88,000).
The price is nearly $40,000 less than a similar menu sold three years ago in London for £76,000 ($AU163,500) just before the centenary of the April 15 disaster, although it was in better condition. The price was within estimates.
The menu sold by New York’s Lion Heart Autographs to a private collector and once belonged to wholesale stationer Abraham Salomon, who survived aboard the infamous Lifeboat No. 1, the “money boat”. It was the fourth lifeboat launched and included four male first class passengers, including Salomon, who died in 1959.
There was capacity for 40 people aboard. It carried just 12 and while accusations that one passenger, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon had bribed the sailors manning it to row away from the drowning people, the occupants were criticised in a subsequent inquiry for not trying to rescue more victims.
The Salomon menu was signed by fellow passenger Isaac Frauenthal, a New York lawyer who also survived by leaping from the Titanic’s deck into lifeboat No. 5.
Just four April 14 lunch menus are believed to exist. One was donated to the Greenwich National Maritime Museum by Walter Lord, who wrote A Night to Remember.
The menu’s options included “cockie leekie” soup and a buffet featuring corned ox tongue, plain and smoked sardines, spiced beef, veal and ham pie and chicken galantine, washed down with Munich lager.
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