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Last lunch menu from Titanic sells for $120,000

LONDON -- A first-class menu from the Titanic's last lunch sold Saturday for 76,000 pounds, about $120,000, the auction house said.

The menu bears the date April 14, the day in 1912 that the reputedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic. The disaster left 1,500 people dead.


Devizes, England-based auctioneer Henry Aldrige & Son said the menu is one of the "rarest items of Titanic memorabilia to be sold in recent years," adding it made its way off the ship in purse of the wife of prominent San Francisco banker Washington Dodge.

The BBC said that the menu was on the table of first-class passengers and that Dodge's wife, Ruth, had it in her purse when she escaped on a lifeboat with her son.

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Among the 40 options on the historic menu: Chicken a la Maryland and Consomme Fermier.

The BBC said hundreds of items from the ship were auctioned in Wiltshire ahead of the 100th anniversary of the sinking. A set of keys from the ship sold Saturday for 59,000 pounds.

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