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Titanic picture expected to fetch £8k at auction

By Claire Hayhurst

A photograph of the Titanic believed to have been taken the day before she left on her ill-fated voyage is expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction.

The oversize sepia image of the ocean liner was purchased in a Parisian flea market more than 40 years ago.

It is undated but was probably taken on April 9 in 1912, the day before the Titanic left Southampton for her maiden voyage to New York.

Five days later, the trip ended in tragedy when the vessel struck an iceberg and sank, claiming the lives of more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son, described the image as "one of the finest photographs of the Titanic we have had the privilege of auctioning".

"The clarity and detail are astonishing with the image capturing abseiling cleaning windows and even a workman on a gantry touching up the paint work on the hull, preparing the final finishing touches before she left Southampton for the first and last time," he said.

The picture, measuring 18 inches by 11 inches, will be sold at auction by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on April 22.

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