Entries in Memorabilia (2)


Titanic Treasures: Rare Memorabilia Set to Hit the Auction Block

Universal History Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An original Titanic launch ticket, currently valued at between $50,000 and $70,000, is among a series of Titanic-related items set to be auctioned off on April 15 by Bonhams auction house in New York. Also included in the lots are letters from survivors and memorabilia from the 1953 and 1997 films. The auction will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking after it hit an iceberg only four days into its maiden voyage.

According to the Bonhams website, the ticket, which has the perforated admission stub still attached, is the only known one of its kind. Had it been used, it would have granted the bearer admission to the ship’s May 11, 1911, launch. Launched before it was fully equipped as a luxury liner, the Titanic was never christened, as per the policy of its operator, the White Star Line, a fact some attribute to the ship’s ill fate.

Another star lot is an account of the R.M.S. Carpathia’s rescue account of Titanic survivors, written by that ship’s captain, Arthur Henry Rostron. The account is projected to sell for anywhere between $90,000 and $120,000.

The supposedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg on the night of April 14, sinking to the bottom of the ocean by the next morning. More than 2,000 people were aboard the luxury liner; 1,503 died in the incident, mostly from hypothermia. The wreckage of the ship, images of which can be seen here, wasn’t found until 1985.

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John F. Kennedy‚Äôs Last Rocking Chair Up for Auction

Heritage Auction House(DALLAS) -- A true piece of American memorabilia, reputedly the last chair John F. Kennedy ever sat in, is currently up for auction at Heritage Auction House.

At first glance it is just a simple wooden rocking chair, but a closer look reveals a small plaque on the back that attaches it to one of the most important moments in American history. The plaque reads “John F. Kennedy, Rice Hotel, November 21st, 1963,” the day before his assassination.

The chair, which the Heritage Auction House expects will sell for anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000, is from Kennedy’s personal suite at the Rice Hotel, which was refurbished just for him prior to his Nov. 21, 1963 visit.

The former president is officially documented as having sat in the chair in William Manchester’s book, Death of a President. According to the book, upon entering the room, “The president removed his coat and soggy shirt and sat in the rocker, leafing through a pile of newspapers.”

The Heritage Auction House website attests to its value, saying, “Given Kennedy’s itinerary for the remainder of the trip, which would last less than 24 hours, it seems certain that the Rice Hotel chair was the last rocking chair in which the president would ever sit.”

The chair will be up for live auction in Dallas on Nov. 30, 2011.

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