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Photo of Iceberg That Sank the Titanic Up for Sale

Universal History Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An auction house is selling a black and white photo of the iceberg that experts say the Titanic struck shortly before it sank on its maiden voyage.

The photo was taken on April 12, 1912, two days before “the unsinkable ship” met her demise when she hit an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14, killing 1,502 people.

The photo shows a huge iceberg with a distinctive elliptical shape.  The photograph was taken by the captain of the S.S. Etonian, according to RR Auction of Amherst, N.H.  The caption reads, “Copyright. Blueberg taken by Captain W.F. Wood S.S. Etonian on 12/4/12 [April 12, 1912] in Lat 41° 50 N Long 49° 50 W. Titanic struck 14/4/12 [April 14, 2012] and sank in three hours.”

There were no photos of the iceberg before this one emerged, but two Titanic crew members drew sketches of the iceberg that they saw on April 14.  Both sketches are similar to the elliptical shape of the iceberg in the photo, according to RR Auction.

The coordinates scribbled on the photograph are not far from where the wreckage of the ship lies on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

“In my professional judgment, this iceberg is the one that sunk the Titanic,” Titanic artifact collector Stanley Lehrer told the Daily Mail.

Lehrer is noted for his collections of rare Titanic artifacts that have been displayed around the world.

“The captain took the pictures because he was fascinated with the unusual shape of the iceberg.  This particular iceberg had an ellipse on the top right of the iceberg,” Lehrer added.

RR Auction expects the photograph to sell for $8,000 to $10,000 when bidding opens on Dec. 13.  The photo is one of more than 400 items from the Titanic that are up for bidding.

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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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Titanic Artifacts Set for Auction in 2012, 100 Years After Shipwreck

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The largest collection of artifacts from the Titanic -- the famous “unsinkable” ship that did just that in 1912 and went on to inspire the movie that was, until recently, the number one grossing movie of all time -- will be up for auction in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the original shipwreck.

The collection includes fine china, ship fittings, and portions of its hull -- with an estimated value of $189 million.

The auction will be held on April 1 at Guernsey’s, a New York City auction house. But the results won’t be announced until April 15 -- exactly 100 years to the day after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.

More than 1,500 of the 2,228 people on board died when the Titanic struck an iceberg, causing the ship’s descent to the bottom of the ocean.

The location of the Titanic was unknown until 1985, when it was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and his team of marine explorers roughly 400 miles off the shore of Newfoundland, Canada.

According to a 2010 ruling, RMS is required to make the artifacts available “to present and future generations for public display and exhibition, historical review, scientific and scholarly research, and educational purposes.”

The future owner of the collection must also abide by these conditions. In addition, the artifacts are to be sold as a complete collection.

There are many events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ill-fated ship. Titanic Memorial Cruises, a British company, is recreating the original shipwreck. The Titanic Anniversary Cruise will depart from Southampton, England, on April 10, just as the original did 100 years earlier. It will reach New York on April 18, a destination that so many passengers who died on the sunken ship never reached.

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