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Last Titanic lunch menu going to auction

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The Titanic’s last lunch menu – saved by a passenger who escaped before the ocean liner went down – is going to auction, where it’s estimated it will bring up to $US70,000 ($A97,850).

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1 on September 30.

The auction marks the 30th anniversary of the wreckage’s discovery at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat – dubbed the Money Boat or Millionaire’s Boat by the press because of unfounded rumours one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others.

The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savoury items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat.

It’s believed the two men lunched together that fateful day in 1912.

Salomon also took away a printed ticket from the Titanic’s opulent Turkish baths, which recorded a person’s weight when seated in a specially designed upholstered lounge chair.

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It bears the names of three of the five other first-class passengers with him on Lifeboat 1.

One of four weighing-chair tickets known to exist, it’s estimated it will bring $US7500 to $US10,000.

The third artifact is a letter written by Mabel Francatelli to Salomon on New York’s Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the disaster.

She had climbed into the No. 1 lifeboat with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40.

It’s estimated it will sell for $US4000 to $US6000.

Lion Heart Autographs says the seller is the son of a man who was given the items by a direct descendent of one of the survivors of Lifeboat 1.


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