Apr 15, 2012 9:14 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York auction house has sold an original ticket to the launch of the Titanic and a dinner menu from the ill-fated ocean liner.
On the block Sunday at Bonhams were various items offered to mark the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic.
The historic ticket fetched $56,250, including the auction house premium. The menu sold for $31,250. Both went to private American buyers.
Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams' maritime consultant, says one surprise of the auction was the comparatively low price paid for a telegraph message that read, "We have struck an iceberg."
That message - sold for $27,500 - was sent to Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic.
One important item that did not sell is a handwritten account from the captain of the Carpathia, which rescued the survivors.