According to the Washington Post this morning, Laura Marie Cribb's handwritten account of the sinking fetched $16,800 at a Christie's auction of Titanic memorabilia Thursday. The 18 lots _ including letters, postcards, telegrams from survivors and photographs of passengers _ sold for a total of $193,140. The deck log from the MacKay-Bennett was up for auction at a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It sold for $102,000. The First Class passenger list sold for $48,000, topping a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. All prices include a 20-percent buyer's premium. Robert H. Gibbons
I bought a C.1912 embroidered commemorative silk and wool work picture of the Titanic hitting the sewn into the monument it says: "In Memory Of Those Who Perished At Sea 15.4.1912 From Titanic R.I.P." Then it has around the monument a life ring saying : "To the heros of the Titanic."
I'm new to posting on the board. You all are so knowledgeable and I read your postings often for the wonderfully honest and informative comments you all make. I won a lot from the Christies Auction. The Walter Lord book signed by several survivors. I am very excited about that and wanted to share it with people who understand why.
Thank you for asking. Signers are listed as Bertha Watt, Master Washington Dodge, Madeleine Mellenger, Frank Goldsmith, Margaret Devanoy and Thomas McCormack. There is a person named Frances M. James listed as well but they are not on any passenger lists that I have. There was a fireman on the crew with the last name "James". Perhaps this person is a relative. Included in the Lot is a copy of Eaton and Haas Triumph and Tragedy signed by Eleanor Shuman and the authors. It is also signed by "P.H. Margeolet"(?) also listed as a survivor. There are evidently two more books included in the Lot but they were not described in the listing. If they are signed by survivors I will happily post the results when they arrive.
As you must know by now P.H. Margeolet"(?) is not a survivor.
The correct name is Paul-Henri Nargeolet. - he was the Commander (IFREMER) French Oceanographic Institude. This man was the Commander / leader of IFREMER on the Salvage and recovery operations.
He is the Captain of the Nautile.
Bellow is an image of P.H. Nargolet given to me for use by George Tulloch of RMS Titanic, Inc back in 1998.
If the book is signed by Jack and Charlie and P.H. along with Elennor Johnson Shuman. Was most likely sold or given away on the 1996 Titanic Expediton Cruise for the failed recovery of the Big Piece.
Ms. Shuman was on this expedition on-board the Royal Majesty.
Melvinna Dean / Edith Haisman and Micheal Navitil also were on this Expedition in 1996.
This book and many other items were given away or sold by RMS Titanic, Inc during the cruise or after the cruise.
I have a copy also signed personally by the authors, P.H., George and all four suriviors.
Also there was a print which was sold with included pictures of the four survivors on the 1996 cruise and "printed" signatures -- although thru connections at RMS Titanic at the time -- I have real signatures below the printed onces.
S. Anderson Collection, 1998
S. Anderson Collection, 1996
Elennor Johnson Shuman Boarding Royal Majesty for 1996 Titanic Cruise in Boston.
Thanks a million for identifying Mrs. James. Now I can reasonably speculate that this book was signed at that very meeting in 1973 since both the "imposter" and Frank Goldsmith were in attendance. The insights provided by you folks here are priceless.