A lunch menu from the Titanic is expected to fetch $50,000 to $70,000 in an online auction slated for Sept. 30.
According to Newsweek
, the menu was saved by Abraham Lincoln Salomon, a wealthy New York businessman. He was one of five wealthy passengers and seven crew members aboard the so-called "Millionaire's Boat" or "Money Boat," which "quickly rowed away without trying to save anyone else from the sinking vessel." It could have held 40 persons total.
The menu is signed on the back by Salomon's likely lunchmate, New Yorker Isaac Gerald Frauenthal.
Dated April 14, 1912, the menu offers guests a variety of choices, including corned beef, dumplings, grilled mutton chops, Norwegian anchovies, and several different cheeses.
The menu will go up for auction with two other items from the Titanic. One is a ticket from the Titanic's opulent Turkish baths, which featured an upholstered lounge chair that could tell people their weight. That ticket is expected to sell for up to $10,000.
The third Titanic artifact is a letter from Mabel Francatelli to Salomon, written on New York's Plaza Hotel stationery six months after the ship sank.
Francatelli got a seat in the "Money Boat" with her boss, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon, and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon. It was alleged they bribed their way onto the lifeboat.
The Duff-Gordons went on to be the only survivors who testified about the disaster during the British Wreck Commissioner's inquiry.
The Associated Press reported
that the investigation determined "they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around."
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