Final Titanic letter sold for £119k
The last letter to be written on the ill-fated Titanic has sold for £119,000 at auction.
It was written by survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva eight hours before the Belfast-built ship hit an iceberg and sank in 1912.
The letter was to her mother in east London and only survived as it was in the pocket of Mrs Hart's husband's coat which he gave her to keep warm.
Mrs Hart wrote that they were enjoying what she called the "wonderful' journey". He said they were likely to arrive in New York early because of the speed the ship was doing.
The letter was auctioned at Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes for £119,000 – a new world record for a Titanic letter.
Mrs Hart's husband Benjamin died along with more than 1,500 people in the disaster.