Chunk of Titanic goes under the hammer

An artist's impression of the doomed liner
An artist's impression of the doomed liner
  • Items recovered from Titanic are being sold
  • They will go under the hammer at JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester
  • The youngest survivor of the disaster has signed a number of memorabilia items also up for auction

A piece of Titanic and a lump of coal recovered from the wreckage of the sunken ship are being auctioned off.

JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester are selling the items which were salvaged from the shipwreck in the 1990s.

The coal was plucked from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1994 on the Titanic Research & Recovery Expedition and was authenticated by president of the RMS Titanic Inc and the expedition ships’ captain.

The rusticle of the ships’ hull was salvaged in 1998 by French research vessel, Nadir. A

lthough heavily corroded, it is one of only a few pieces of the ship to have ever been sold.

The two lots are being offered without reserve on March 18, along with a number of other items signed by Briton Milvina Dean – the youngest surviving person on board the ship in 1912.

The rusticle from the ship's hull

The rusticle from the ship's hull

She was two months old at the time and was the last remaining survivor of the disaster when she died in 2009, aged 97.

More than 1,500 people died when the ship - travelling from Southampton to New York - hit an iceberg and sunk less than three hours later.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “It is a great honour to offer items recovered from the wreck of the Titanic – they are historical artefacts of the utmost public interest and such items are rare by their very nature.

“So many Titanic items have ended up rightly in museums and private collections. To offer such pieces by public auction is relatively rare.”

A piece of coal salvaged from the shipwreck

A piece of coal salvaged from the shipwreck