This week, Titanic memorabilia was sold at Christie’s auction in Europe. Probably the most talked about item sold at the auction was a handwritten account of a 16-year-old girl who survived the sinking. Laura Marie Cribb, a third-class passenger from Newark, New Jersey scribbled her account on eight handwritten pages of the ocean liner’s last hours after its collision with an iceberg.

She recounts watching the ship’s lights go out and hearing the screams of the passengers who were left to fend for themselves on the deck of the ship, her father among them. This piece of history sold for $16,800 on Thursday. Other big sales included letters, postcards, telegrams from survivors, and photographs of passengers which sold for $193, 140. The deck log from the cable ship SS MacKay-Bennett, a second rescue ship sold for $102,000, much higher than its pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. Also up for sale was silverware and posters from the SS Normandy, another ocean liner that went down in New York Harbor during WWII.

Earlier this month, Guernsey’s in New York also sold Titanic Memorabilia as well as items from other famous ships such as the Normandie, the Olympic, the Andrea Doria, and the Lusitania. Among the Titanic items sold was a cork life jacket and liner from a deceased passenger, a Titanic plaque from lifeboat number 2, a recovered deck chair, a souvenir pin from Titanic’s barbershop, five original menus, White Star Line china, photographs, signatures, documents, original artwork, and costumes and props from the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic.

Since Titanic was discovered in 1985, over 6,000 artifacts have been salvaged from the site, some by private companies. However, Guernsey’s refused to sell salvaged items at its auction. They say that most of the collection is made up of donations by survivors. When one survivor died and had all of his things in the city dump due to lack of family and outside interest, a museum was created to preserve Titanic memorabilia.

Now, Titanic enthusiasts and speculators looking to make a profit on the Titanic’s hundredth anniversary of the sinking in 2012 have a place in which to view, purchase, and admire this popular historical tragedy.

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