Monday, 17 October 2011

As Far Back As I Can Remember,

people have always been fascinated by the Titanic,

now a piece of Titanic history which Andrew Aldridge, of auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son of Devizes, Wilts, is selling this piece of history said: 'this represents the zenith of collectables pertaining to Titanic,' the piece in question, a rare Titanic deck plan which was owned by Isidore Straus and his wife Ida, Isidore just happened to be owner of the firm  R.H. Macy & Co, in addition to his business enterprise he served as a Congressman for New York State between 1895 and 1897, as first class passengers on the Titanic along with 324 others each was given one of the plans,

it is believed only three of them from the ship exist today, with two in private collections and this one now on the open market, it survived the sinking as the plan was in the possession of the Straus' maid Ellen Bird who survived the disaster, despite its age and fragile condition the delicate piece of tissue paper has remained in one piece over the last 99 years, it has been given a pre-sale estimate of between £40,000 to £50,000,

Andrew Aldridge commented further, 'Isadore Straus was one of the wealthiest people on the ship and original material relating to his and his party's time on board Titanic is practically non-existent, to have something directly related to Straus which was on the ship is a collector's dream, looking at the condition of the deck plan, it must have been stored in a book and kept somewhere dark and out of sunlight,' so you never know, lurking in a book some where near you could be another treasure!

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