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Last surviving cracker from Titanic sells for $23,000 at auction

7 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, October 27 2015 Oct 27, 2015 October 27, 2015 6:04 PM October 27, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: Henry Aldridge & Son

DEVIZES, England - A cracker that survived the sinking of the world’s most famous “unsinkable” ship in 1912 sold for roughly $23,000 at a British auction. The cracker, or “biscuit” to Britons, is now the world’s most valuable.

It’s a Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker that originated in a survival kit that was once aboard a Titanic lifeboat. Henry Aldridge & Son auction house in Devizes, England, sold the well-aged wafer to a Greek collector this week for the tidy sum of about £15,000.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge says the cracker has earned its nickname of “the world’s most valuable biscuit.”

Other items on the auction block and related to the ill-fated ocean liner included a photo of the iceberg responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, taken aboard a boat as it passed the site just hours after the vessel went down. That photo sold for about $32,250.

According to the English auctioneers, the cracker was preserved by James Fenwick, who was a passenger on the RMS Carpathia that aided in plucking survivors from the icy waters of the North Sea after the Titanic sank.

The cracker was kept in an envelope with a notation reading, “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.” I guess you could say Fenwick almost kept his promise to "never let go."

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