A Titanic lunch menu is set to be go to auction. Said to be the last one of its type from the doomed ship, this treasured document is being brought before the gavel by Lion Heart Autographs.
So how much will this artifact fetch? If all goes according to plan, the official listing for one meal aboard the mighty ship should earn its owner between $50,000 and $70,000, according to Fortune via the Associated Press on Aug. 31.
The online auction, slated for Sept. 30, also includes a couple of other Titanic treasures. Besides the menu, this gathering of interested parties will be offered a ticket from the elaborate Turkish baths found on board. This piece of memorabilia was signed by Isaac Gerald Fraunthal.
Fraunthal was said to have had lunch with Abraham Lincoln Saloman, the man who survived the sinking of the Titanic and the person who owned the menu about to be sold. It was this carte that described the food that the two gentleman shared before the ship went down.
In addition, a letter written by Mabel Francatelli that Salomon kept had been scribed half a year following the sad event. The possible reason for keeping this letter is that Abraham was on what has been called The Money Boat but was officially dubbed Lifeboat 1, along with Francatelli’s spouse.
Her husband’s name was Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon. Rumor has it that this man caused the crew to leave before filling up the lifeboat by offering money for the privilege. In the end, that lifeboat was said to have taken only a small number of first class passengers to safety even though the small vessel had space for 40 people. This rumor was never substantiated.
By way of background, other salvaged Titanic items have brought in a bounty at auction. For instance, the violin that was played by Wallace Hartley as the mighty ship was sinking went on the block a couple of years back. Henry Aldridge & Son, a English-based house that specialized in memorabilia that came out of the Titanic disaster, sold for a whopping $1.7 million.
In addition, another menu from the ship whose wreckage was discovered in the water near Halifax thirty years ago was sold. It went for approximately $100,000.
And so, as this most recent Titanic lunch menu gets ready to go auction, interested parties get to see how the passengers ate before the disaster happened. On the carte are such items as Chicken a la Maryland, grilled mutton chops, apple meringue, and a host of cheeses.
What bounty, for sure, lost at the bottom of the sea along with the rest of the material goods from this particular cruise that met a fatal end far away from its intended destination.