Letter from Titanic Sets New World Record Price at Auction in New York

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A letter from a first class passenger onboard the Titanic was sold at auction today by Spink Smythe in New York City for $16,100, setting a new world record price for a single letter from the Titanic sold at auction.

A letter from a first class passenger onboard the Titanic was sold at auction today by Spink Smythe in New York City for $16,100.

The letter, dated April 10, 1912, was written by passenger George Graham of Harriston of Canada, a sales manager for the Eaton's department store company, to a business colleague in Berlin, Germany.

He wrote: "I am sorry that I neglected to send you a wire on the first of April but I forgot all about it until Tuesday, you see. I arrived in London Late Sunday and I was very busy all day Monday and I forgot all about it however, I hope that you will accept my good wishes now even if they are a bit late. I hope to see you next year and that you and your good wife will enjoy good health."

On her maiden voyage the Titanic struck a North Atlantic iceberg and sank within hours early on the morning of April 14, 1912.

The letter in the auction was placed in the mail from Southhampton, England just prior to the ship's departure on April 10 for its never-completed trans-Atlantic crossing to New York City.

Graham did not survive the sinking.

"Hours before the ship struck an iceberg, Graham wired his wife back in Canada saying he was well and indicating he would be in New York City on Wednesday. She received the wire on Tuesday morning, when news of the disaster was on everyone's lips, and mistakenly took it to mean her husband survived," explained Litzenberger.

"Days later she was informed his body had been recovered from the North Atlantic."

About Spink
Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of coins, stamps, medals, banknotes, bonds, share certificates and autographs, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Dallas. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holders of three royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offer an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.

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