Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cracker From the Titanic Sells at Auction for $23,000

This is one biscuit that’s worth a whole lot of dough.




A cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic was sold for $22,968 at an auction in England.
The Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker, from a lifeboat survival pack, was dubbed by auctioneer Andrew Aldridge the “world’s most valuable biscuit.”
It was purchased by a collector in Greece, according to the BBC, during an auction of several items and photographs from the Titanic at the auction house Henry Aldridge and Sons.
The biscuit was preserved in an envelope with the words “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912,“ by James Fenwick, a passenger aboard the Carpathia, a ship that went to help pick up survivors.
The “unsinkable” Titanic had been four days into a weeklong cross-Atlantic trip in 1912 when it struck an iceberg and sank. More than 1,500 people were killed in the tragedy.
This staggering price blows other infamous crackers out of the water. Aldridge told theSalisbury Journal in the U.K. that a cracker from polar explorer Ernest Shackleton sold for about $4,600 a few years ago. And a museum in Ireland has a cracker from theLusitania, a passenger ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1915, that’s worth between $12,290 and $15,364.
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