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2012 Christmas list for Santa

December 29, 2011 - Terri Castelaz
OK Santa, I already know what I want for Christmas next year — Titanic artifacts.

It was announced that the largest collection of artifacts from the Titanic is set for auction in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the original shipwreck. There are more than 5,500 items in the collection owned by RMS Titanic Inc. The collection includes fine china, ship fittings, and portions of its hull – with an estimated value of $189 million. (Note to Santa start saving now.)

The auction will be held on April 1 at Guernsey’s, a New York City auction house. They will not announcing the results until April 15 – exactly 100 years to the day after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.

More than 1,500 of the 2,228 people on board died. The location of the Titanic was unknown until 1985, when it was discovered by Dr. Robert Ballard and his team of marine explorers roughly 400 miles off the shore of Newfoundland, Canada. According to a 2010 ruling, RMS is required to make the artifacts available “to present and future generations for public display and exhibition, historical review, scientific and scholarly research, and educational purposes.”

The future owner of the collection must also abide by these conditions. In addition, the artifacts are to be sold as a complete collection. (In addition to the artifacts Santa, I will need a building built for the artifacts.) There are also many events commemorating the 100th anniversary, including Titanic Memorial Cruises, which a British company, is recreating the original shipwreck.

The Titanic Anniversary Cruise will depart from Southampton, England, on April 10, just as the original did 100 years earlier. It will reach New York on April 18, a destination that so many passengers who died on the sunken ship never reached.

Last note, if artifacts are not in the budget I would also love to go on the anniversary cruise. Thank you.



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