Titanic bShroud of Turinb for auction May 2011


Senan Molony

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This one is going to set a record - Lot 283 from the Henry Aldridge & Son auction at Devizes on May 28 next.
Currently finishing a few days on display (exposition?) in Belfast, it is like a nautical shroud of Turin - a 32 and a half feet detailed profile of the Titanic where they have actually marked "the wounds" in red.
A staggering, enormous artefact, used throughout the British Inquiry. Astonishing and marvellous to behold.
Estimate GBP £80,000-£120,000.
 

Martin Cooper

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Hey Senan, you can take your brand new digital camera along with you and get a few 'snaps' and then post them up on ET.
 
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Wowzer. Thanks Senan and Ioannis for the info and links. I hope somebody who posts on ET gets this artifact, and shares it here on ET too.
 

Nancy Bratby

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It was a fantastic privilege to be able to see this over Easter.

I hope it will be a museum buying it or failing that an individual who will loan it out.
 
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Lovely surprise yesterday.
My Catalogue for the May 28th, 2011 Auction sale of Aldridges http://www.henry-aldridge.co.uk/ arrived and with it was enclosed a very good quality facsimile of the Plan above, Lot 283 (measuring 40 inches wide by 12 inches high) truly the Nautical Shroud of Turin.
Excellent value all round.

Cheers Brian
 

Nancy Bratby

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Brian, just want to say hello, it's been far too long...have let a lot of things including Titanic slide a 'little' over the past few years.

I bought that same catalogue at the exhibition of the lots. Very worthwhile.
 
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No, it's not a "nautical Turin" shroud at all. It's just an interesting bit of history. I've no idea where the moderator has moved my post. But never mind. None of us is rich enough to buy the BI drawing, are we?
 
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You'd need a really b-i-i-i-i-g house, Mike, to host the BI drawing. And no cats. In my experience, they always use the best item in the house for a scratching post.
 
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>>And no cats.<<

That cuts me out right there. We just took in two six week old kittens as rescues so it's going to be a loooooonnnnnngggggggg time before this house is "Cat Free."

Not that I would want to live in a house without them, but that's another rant.
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Now that’s a Titanic price tag: Unique diagram of sunken liner used at official inquiry fetches £220,000
A plan of the Titanic used in the inquiry into the sinking of the ship in 1912 has sold for what is believed to be a world record price for memorabilia of the doomed boat.
The plan had been estimated to fetch between £100,000 and £150,000, but was bought by a private collector yesterday for £220,000. Commissioned by the British Board of Trade, the 33ft (10m) cross-section was used to assist in the 36-day inquiry.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392022/Titanic-inquiry-diagram-sold-220-000-auction.html
 

Senan Molony

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The sale is confirmed as a world record for any Titanic artefact...

The 'shroud' has been bought by an anonymous Irish businessman.

(His identity is a closely guarded secret, but he is no stranger to this vessel we all revere.)

It has been gifted to the city of Belfast, and will be on permanent display to the public at a civic museum in short order.

A very fine outcome.
 

Bob Godfrey

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These days there are only two Irishmen who still have that kind of money. It surely can't be Louis Walsh, so the mystery buyer has got to be you, Senan. Come on, admit it.
 

Senan Molony

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I bought several items at that same auction, Bob... so am quite pleased.

But after Monica said the 32-foot long inquiry profile was "just an interesting bit of history" I kinda had a sudden crisis of confidence in the lot. I was beset by Thomasine doubts...

Luckily there was another Irishman who yet believed in the shroud.

Did you know that the Thompson Dock, if filled with Guinness, would take 350 years for a man to drink, if observing recommended healthy limits?

We learned this on our interesting field trip to Belfast. It seems to be of the order of 168 million pints.

(As usual, I'm just cueing you up for another gag.)
 

Bob Godfrey

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350 years? I can't spare that much time but I'll give it one year and bring 349 friends. Six months might suffice if one of them is Monica.
 

Senan Molony

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There was a worker famously at the bottom of the Thompson dock who was unfortunately drowned in the Guinness.

He only got out 1,882 times to go to the toilet.
 

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