RMS Titanic menu sells for $70,000 at auction – The first class menu is dated April 10, 1912

A menu of the first dinner served to first-class passengers on the  RMS Titanic has sold for $70,000 at auction.

It was among 400 items being auctioned in Wiltshire, England, as part of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking in the Atlantic Ocean.

(Left: RMS Titanic menu) The opulent menu is dated 10 April 1912, three days before the liner hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank, killing 1,522 people.

It features several courses, such as roast duckling and fillet of veal.

The choices are really very limited compared to first class menus following World War 2 for Trans-Atlantic liner crossings. It pales in comparison to menus aboard the French Line, Cunard Line, Italian Line or United States Lines.

Andrew Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers, said: “Menus from the Titanic are among the most sought after memorabilia from the doomed liner.”

The menu itself was the property of Charles Caswell, a first class steward, aged 34, from Southampton.

Mr Caswell sent the menu to his wife Hilda when Titanic stopped at Queenstown, but he later died when the ship sank.

Also featured in the sale was a gold medal awarded to the rescue ship Carpathia’s Second Officer James Bisset.

The gold medal is only the second to be offered for auction in the last 25 years
He later became Commodore of the Cunard line.

“After the survivors of the Titanic disaster were picked up by the Carpathia a committee was formed by a group of surviving First class passengers to reward the crew of the Carpathia and the Captain Sir Arthur Rostron with the silver loving cup and medals for all of the crew,” said Mr Aldridge.

“This is only the second gold Carpathia medal to be offered in the last 25 years and is thought to be the most senior officer’s medal to ever to go under the auctioneers hammer.”

The medal sold for $65,000.

Interest is high in the Titanic after the 100th anniversary of its sinking was marked earlier this year with a special cruise.

More light has also been shed on eccentric Australian billionaire Clive Palmer’s plans to build a new version of the ill-fated ship.

(Left: Clive Palmer) All public rooms, cabins and stairways from Deck D and above will mirror the original vessel’s features.

However, the Titanic II will not be an exact replica.

It has been given an overhaul for better safety with an extra deck to provide improved access to lifeboats.

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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