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Apr 15, 2012 9:14 PM

Ticket to Titanic maiden voyage sold at NY auction

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.


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