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Rare Titanic photograph fetches £360 at auction

By Dick Barton

A rare photograph of the Titanic bought for £20 at a country auction has sold for over £350 at an auction in England.

The black an d white photograph in a glazed oak frame was taken shortly before the Titanic sank - with the loss of more than 1,500 lives - on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912.

It had been estimated to sell for £200 at Reeman Dansie in Colchester yesterday.

But the winning bid by a mystery guest was £360.

Daniel Wright, auctioneer and valuer at Reeman Dansie, said: "The photograph was formerly purchased for £20 by an eagle-eyed collector at a regional auction. It was simply catalogued and bought for a song.

"Titanic memorabilia continues to be keenly contested at auction."

Other Titanic memorabilia sold recently includes one of the world's most expensive biscuits - a Spillers & Bakers Pilot cracker from a Titanic lifeboat which sold for £15,000 in October 2015.

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