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Titanic Letter at Auction Was Written on Board by Passenger

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A letter written by a passenger on Titanic stationery during the ship's doomed journey is up for auction in the United Kingdom. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

By    |   Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:55 AM

A Titanic letter written on board the ship will be auctioned off in Britain on Saturday, one of rare artifacts from the ill-fated luxury liner to come up for sale, according to the "Today" show.

First-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson wrote a letter to his mother on April 13, 1912, the day before the Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sunk, the morning show said. The incident took the lives of 1,514 passengers and crew, including Holverson.

His letter was discovered in a pocketbook found on his body that was recovered from the icy ocean, noted the morning show.

"This boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palacial hotel," Holverson wrote in the letter, according to a statement on the Henry Aldridge & Son auction house website. "…If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.

"I am sending you a postcard of the ship and also a book of postcards showing the inside…Mate had a letter from Mr. Berry at Buenos Aires which stated that she was getting on fine," the letter continued.

Holverson was a successful salesman and had been on vacation with his wife in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before arriving in London before boarding the Titanic to New York, the Aldridge website said.

The letter and other effects had been returned to Holverson's family after he was recovered, the website said.

The website called the letter among "the most iconic" of the recovered Titanic artifacts. The letter is oversized, hand written on Titanic letterhead and also documented the food, music and elite on board, the website stated.

"It is exceptional on every level including content, historical context and rarity," auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Fox News. "This letter represents one of the last known letters to have survived the sinking and the last known letter written on board by a victim.

"Holverson's mention of seeing fellow first class passenger John Jacob Astor sitting out on deck is an observation the likes of which we have not seen in previous letters written earlier in the voyage, particularly because as a first class passenger Holverson had access passengers in other classes did not," Aldridge added.

Astor was considered the richest man in the world at the time of the incident, according to CNBC. He died while his pregnant wife escaped on a lifeboat. Astor's "economic power" has been estimated to be as much as $58.7 billion in today's dollars, CNBC stated.

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