It’s not every day that a dinner menu is expected to sell for more than R1 million.
The menu that’s about to go on auction is from the RMS Titanic when it sank 111 years ago.
It’s believed to be the only menu in existence for 11 April 1912.
On the menu that night were oysters, spring lamb, mallard duck, and tournedos of beef. Due to the water immersion damage, parts of the menu have been erased.
Andrew Aldridge, the auctioneer at Hendry Aldridge & Son Ltd said the menu is a “remarkable survivor” of the ship that sank on 14 April 1912 after it hit an iceberg. More than 1,5000 people died.
The menu isn’t the only item to go on sale. Other items include a deck blanket believed to have travelled with a passenger who survived the ordeal on their way to New York on board the RMS Carpathia, the rescue ship.
The BBC reports that another item listed for auction is a pocket watch retrieved from the body of second-class passenger Sinai Kantor after he was pulled from the water during the seven-day recovery operation.
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