Tragic Titanic letter surfaces: Victim of the sea-stained note for this auction


Titanic victim sea-stained letter for the auction

A letter written by Titanic victim Alexander Oskar Holverson have been restored and will be auctioned in the united kingdom for an estimated $79,031 $105,375.

An extremely rare sea-stained letter recovered from the body of a Titanic victim will be auctioned in the uk on Saturday.

The letter was written on embossed Titanic stationery by First-Class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson his mother on 13 April 1912 when the ship had made on her ill-fated maiden voyage from Southampton, united kingdom

“If everything goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday, A. M,” writes Holverson, on the eve of the famous disaster.


Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm the ship on 14 April 1912 and sank in just over two hours later with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

An original photo of Holverson and his wife leave for South America prior to their trip on the Titanic (Henry Aldridge & Son)

Holverson was among the victims. The letter, in which he clearly planned to mail on the Titanic’s arrival in New York, was apparently found in a pocket book if Holverson the body recovered from the Atlantic ocean. It was eventually returned to his family with his other effects.

The seller and his wife, Mary Alice, came back from a vacation in Buenos Aires through the U. K. Mrs. Holverson survived the disaster.


Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Fox News that, in his opinion, the note is the most important letter written aboard the Titanic ever come on the market. “It is exceptional on every level, including the content, the historical context and the rarity,” he explained, via e-mail. “This letter is one of the last known letters to have survived the disaster and the last known letter written aboard a victim.”

John Jacob Astor and his wife Madeleine (Henry Aldridge & Son).

“This boat is a giant in size and decorated in a palatial hotel,” Holverson wrote in the letter. He also describes the music and food on board the doomed liner, and mentions seeing the famous business man, the American businessman John Jacob Astor and his wife Madeleine on the ship’s deck. Astor, a pillar of New York society, is one of the most prominent victims of the disaster. His wife was rescued from one of the Titanic’s lifeboats.

“Holverson, the entry of the see of fellow First-Class passengers John Jacob Astor to sit outside on the deck is an observation, the kind that we have not seen in the previous letters have been written earlier in the trip, in particular because the as a First-Class passenger Holverson had access passengers in other classes are not,” says Aldridge.


The tragic letter also bears the stains of the waters of the Atlantic ocean. “The stains give testament to the response of the acid-rich paper with salt water,” Aldridge explained.

The piece also includes an original photo of Holverson and his wife leave for South America prior to their trip on the Titanic and a number of independent handwritten letters of Holverson, the mother of his brother Walter.

The party has a pre-sale estimate of $79,031 $105,375.

A number of artifacts from the ill-fated ship were auctioned in the uk last year, with the sextant, used by the captain of the rescue ship the Carpathia to sell for less than $97,000. Three photos and a handwritten note in which the gruesome discovery of the Titanic last lifeboat were sold for $6,800.

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