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17.04.14. The only known letter to have been written on board the Titanic on the day the liner struck an iceberg is to fetch as much as £100,000 when auctioned by Aldridge & Son on April 26th. Written by survivor Esther Hart, but never sent, the letter had been intended to be delivered to Mrs Hart’s mother in Chadwell Heath in Essex at the end of what would have been the Titanic’s return journey to Southampton in April 1912 ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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