A menu for first-class passengers travelling on the Titanic has bought for greater than £80,000 at public sale.
The “exceptional” relic fetched £84,000 at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday.
The menu, which reveals indicators of water injury, boasts a menu of oysters, beef, spring lamb and mallard duck.
It was served on the night of 11 April 1912 after the liner left Queenstown in Eire.
The Titanic struck an iceberg three days later – on the night of 14 April – and sank the next day.
The menu measures 6.25ins by 4.25ins and bears an embossed pink White Star Line flag.
It will have initially had gilt lettering with the initials OSNC (Ocean Steamship Navigation Firm) alongside the lettering RMS Titanic.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge stated: “The latter reveals indicators of water immersion having been partially erased, the reverse of the menu additionally clearly shows additional proof of this.
“This may level to the menu having been subjected to the icy North Atlantic waters on the morning of 15 April, both having left the ship with a survivor who was uncovered to these chilly sea waters or recovered on the individual of a kind of misplaced.
“Having spoken to the main collectors of Titanic memorabilia globally and consulted with quite a few museums with Titanic collections, we will discover no different surviving examples of a first-class 11 April dinner menu.
“The menu is a exceptional survivor from essentially the most well-known ocean liner of all time.”
Present in a photograph album
The menu was present in a photograph album from the Nineteen Sixties by the daughter and son-in-law of late historian Len Stephenson.
He was an knowledgeable on his hometown Dominion in Nova Scotia and picked up and preserved many information.
Greater than 1,500 of the two,208 passengers and crew on board the Titanic had been killed when the liner sank.
The ship was on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
First-class passengers included multi-millionaire John Jacob Astor, millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, Sir Cosmo and Woman Duff Gordon and socialite Molly Brown.