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Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction.

NEW YORK — The Titanic’s last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called “Money Boat” before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it’s estimated it will bring US$50,000 (S$70,695) to US$70,000. New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs will auction the menu and two other artifacts — a ticket from the Titanic’s lavish Turkish baths and a letter written after the disaster.

Abraham Lincoln Salomon was one of a handful of first-class passengers who boarded the lifeboat — dubbed the “Money Boat” or “Millionaire’s Boat” by the press because of unfounded rumours one of them bribed seven crew members to quickly row the boat away from the sinking ship rather than rescue others. The items are being auctioned by the son of a man who was given the items by a direct descendent of one of the survivors of Lifeboat 1, the Titanic’s fourth lifeboat, the AP reported. The menu, which listed corned beef, dumplings and other savory items, is signed on the back in pencil by another first-class passenger, Isaac Gerald Frauenthal, who escaped on another lifeboat. She had climbed into the No 1 lifeboat with her employer, aristocratic fashion designer Lucy Duff-Gordon and her Scottish husband Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, who it was alleged bribed the crew to row them to safety in the boat that had a capacity of 40. In her letter to Salomon, Francatelli enquired about his recovery from the disaster. “We do hope you have now quite recovered from the terrible experience,” she wrote, according to the AP. “I am afraid our nerves are still bad, as we had such trouble & anxiety added to our already awful experience by the very unjust inquiry when we arrived in London.”

The Duff-Gordons, who were the only passengers to testify about the disaster, were cleared by the British Wreck Commissioner’s inquiry, which determined that they did not deter the crew from attempting to rescue other people but that others might have been saved if the boat had turned around.

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