Titanic managed to make it to history pages one more time. News has been going around the internet that a letter belonging to one of the passengers of Titanic has been discovered and sold at an auction for 166,000 dollars. This is a new record even for the Titanic itself. There are a lot of items that are sold at auctions but this letter has been the most expensive among them. This is probably because it contains the first-hand description of a passenger’s experience upon the vessel.
The letter belonged to a passenger named Alexander Oskar Holverson, a salesman who signed up for the epic journey along with his wife. His better half managed to survive the accident while he succumbed to the depths of the sea.
Written on the 13th of April, 1912, the letter contains various subtle information about the ship and passengers who boarded it. Addressing his mother, he praises the music, interior, and the food on board the ship and seems greatly impressed by it. This particular line breaks our heart where he tells her about the due date of their arrival. It reads, “If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.,” Unfortunately, he wrote this the day before the Titanic came in contact with the iceberg. He never got to see the New York.
It also contains an encounter of Mr. Holverson with John Jacob Astor, an American real-estate investor, and financier, who also at that time, was one of the world’s richest and finest.
The Holverson family decided to sell the letter at an auction in the Southern English town of Devizes and was hosted by Henry Aldridge & Son. Although the high price points to people’s interest in the history of Titanic, one cannot help but wonder the plight of the victims when they knew their lives were coming to an end.
The auctioneer Andrew Aldridge commented that he was also a little taken aback by the bids and is also “delighted with the new world record for the Titanic letter”.