This Was The Titanic‘s Last Lunch Menu, and It Just Sold for $88,000
by Owen James Burke
This 103-year-old piece of paper, dated April 14, 1912 does not show the standard fare for the ship, but the first class dining menu on the ship’s fateful day. Photo credit: Lion Heart Autographs.
The menu belonged to a wealthy passenger by the name of Abraham Lincoln Salomon, who managed to find a place aboard the roomy, lucky first life raft, dubbed the money boat–it could have held 40, but was deployed with only 12 passengers. Story has it that the wealthy passengers persuaded the crew, perhaps with a bribe, to row away from the sinking Titanic before others could get aboard.
Photo credit: Henry Aldridge & Son/PA.
Salomon also brought back a ticket for the Turkish baths, which sold at auction for $11,000, and word has it that there’s one biscuit (or cracker) from the ship. James Fenwick, a passenger on the SS Carpathia which came to the Titanic‘s aid, slipped it into a Kodak photographic envelope with a note: “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.” It’s also going on the block soon, and is expected to fetch $8,000-10,000. That’s a lot of dough for a stale cracker.
Read more at LiveScience. –OJB