Henry Aldridge and Son, the world’s leading auctioneers of Titanic memorabilia are holding their second auction of Titanic collectables of 2012 on July 28th. It is 100 years since the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage on April 15th 1912 with the loss of over 1500 lives.
Although the Titanic sank 100 years ago, demand for memorabilia from her shows little sign of abating. A mystique has built up around the story since her demise on a cold April night in 1912 with the loss of 1517 lives. Ironically though is was not until Walter Lord’s film a Night to Remember was realised in 1958 that the story was brought back to the attention of the media in general. Several films came and went after what is still seen by many as the definitive movie on the subject. Until in 1998 James Cameron’s Titanic broke all box office records and took the world by storm taking the subject to a new audience.
Over 400 lots of liner memorabilia are going under the hammer on the 28th but a document signed by the unsinkable Molly Brown shortly after returning the New York on April 18th 1912 and related gold Carpathia medal awarded to the rescue ship Carpathia’s Second Officer James Bisset rank as some of the most important material being offered. After the survivors of the Titanic disaster were picked up by the Carpathia a committee was formed by a group of surviving First class passengers including Wimbledon tennis runner up and US Open Semi Finialist Karl Behr and the Unsinkable Molly Brown to reward the crew of the Carpathia and the Captain Sir Arthur Rostron with the silver loving cup and medals for all of the crew.
The rarest of these medals is the Gold award given to the most senior crewman and the example being offered for auction belonged to Second Officer James Bisset. Carpathia Gold medals are some of the rarest pieces of Titanic memorabilia to exist today; this is only the second Gold Carpathia medal to be offered in the last 25 years and is thought to be the most senior officer’s medal to ever to go under the auctioneers hammer.
James Bisset later became Commodore of the Cunard line and was the author of several books relating to his career. Also being offered with the medal is a photograph of Commodore Bisset with Sir Winston and Lady Churchill and a copy of a letter written by Sir Winston to Bisset whilst onboard the Queen Mary in 1944. The lot is estimated at £32000-£36000 and will present bidders with a truly unique opportunity.
Fully illustrated souvenir catalogues are now available at a cost of £20 plus postage; please visit www.henry-aldridge.com for further details.
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Added to Encyclopedia Titanica Thursday 19th July 2012, last updated Saturday 12th September 2015.