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Titanic keys fetch £76,000 as interest in ship endures

By Claire Hayhurst

A set of rusty locker keys from the Titanic has fetched almost £80,000 at auction.

The keys were among Titanic memorabilia sold at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday.

They belonged to a cabin steward who survived the sinking of the Belfast-built liner.

They fetched £76,000, while two previously unseen photographs of the ship made £24,000.

"The prices illustrate the enduring interest in the Titanic and her passengers and crew," auctioneer Andrew Aldridge commented.

A letter written by one of the disaster's victims a day before the liner sank sold for a record-breaking £126,000.

The handwritten note, on oversized embossed Titanic stationery, was penned on April 13, 1912.

It was written by first class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson, who intended to post it to his mother in New York.

Mr Holverson, a salesman, was one of more than 1,500 passengers and crew who died when the ship struck an iceberg on April 14 and sank.

The letter, written on three of its four pages, was found in Mr Holverson's pocket notebook when his body was recovered.

Mr Aldridge said: "I'm delighted with the new world record for the Titanic letter.

"It reflects its status as the most important Titanic letter that we have ever auctioned."

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