Rare Titanic letter describing 'wonderful' journey sells for $200,000
In this undated image released by Henry Aldridge And Son Autioneers, Saturday April 26, 2014, showing part of a letter written by Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva as they sailed aboard RMS Titanic in April 1912, shortly before the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with 15,00 souls. (AP PHOTO /Henry Aldridge And Son Autioneers)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:28AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:10PM EDT
LONDON -- A letter written by a passenger on the Titanic describing the "wonderful passage" -- hours before the ship hit an iceberg -- has sold at auction for 119,000 pounds ($200,000).
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the handwritten note was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder at an auction in Devizes, western England, on Saturday.
The price, which includes a fee known as the buyer's premium, topped the pre-sale estimate of 100,000 pounds.
The letter was written by second-class passenger Esther Hart on April 14, 1912. "The sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," she said in the note to family in England.
Hours later the passenger liner described as "practically unsinkable" hit an iceberg and sank, killing more than 1,500 people.
Hart was among about 700 survivors.