UPCOMING Sale of TITANIC Artifacts

John Clifford

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See/Reference: http://biz.yahoo.com/e/111223/prxi8-k.html:
Form 8-K for PREMIER EXHIBITIONS, INC.:
"Guernsey's auction house, in a Consignment Agreement, will conduct a sale of the Company's Titanic artifact collection and related intellectual property through a public auction and a negotiated sale process...the results of the auction will be announced on April 15, 2012 in New York City. Participants in the auction must be precleared by Guernsey's and the Company, and must agree to comply with covenants and conditions set by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia."

I'm not sure what to make of this, or what will, in my opinion, really happen.
 

Jason D. Tiller

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This is a sad reality and how ironic that the announcement is scheduled to occur on Titanic's centennial. Frankly, I'm disgusted with RMSTI. I had hoped that all of the artifacts would remain together with RMSTI and that one day, they would be housed in a museum for all to see. That was George Tulloch's dream, but sadly it's not going to happen now. He's probably already rolled over in his grave; this would have never happened with him at the helm.

Mike is right; any artifacts that are purchased by a collector will be added to their private collection and that will be the end, of anyone else viewing them. As well, many artifacts that RMSTI currently owns, have not seen the light of day since they were salvaged and it's anyone's guess, as to which ones will be sold, if not the entire collection which amounts to approximately 6,000.

Plus, since the artifacts were at the bottom of the ocean for almost 80 years or more, they require certain lighting and a climate controlled area. I saw this first hand at the exhibition, that I worked at, so they can't just be placed on a bookshelf or in a display case, without special care given to them. Is RMSTI going to make sure that the collectors who purchase the artifacts, have the proper requirements to display them in their private collections? I would hope so, but I won't hold my breath.

What's next? Are they going to give up their salvage rights to the wrecksite as well, and then it will become a free for all?! I sincerely hope not. RMSTI is pleased, since they've wanted this for the last decade, but for most of us it is very, very sad.
 

Mike Poirier

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If Judge Clarke was still alive, I don't think this would have ever happened. Let's prepare for the fakes to show up on ebay
 
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>>Let's prepare for the fakes to show up on ebay<<

Awwwww hell, Mike, why wait? The scam artists have been doing that ever since EBay has been around. I'm sure however, that this development will mean that some real doozies will be showing up! I'll bet the liner ephemera people like Steve Santini and Brian Hawley will be having a meltdown trying to sort out the trash from the real thing.
 
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Anyone hear about this in the news the company that owns salvage rights to titanic. Will be auctioning off the artifacts.

They value it at around 189 million. But to history its priceless. Seems its crazy these items should be in a museum not in a private collection where they may just go. Any thoughts on this. Link of article is below.

http://news.yahoo.com/titanic-artifacts-auction-ny-april-163655594.html

[Moderator's note: This post, originally posted in a separate thread in an unrelated topic, has been moved to the pre-existing one discussing the artifacts. JDT]
 
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Sounds like a last throw of the dice of financial exploitation to me. I don't know who valued the collection in 2007 at $189m, but I think they're mad. I see a spokesman said they were hoping to identify one buyer who could curate the whole lot - not at that price, they won't. The problem with this stuff is that its value derives from the ship itself - none of it is unusual, in that we have loads of similar stuff from that era - we're awash with it, as most of it was mass-made. So as the Titanic fades into history in popular culture, the value of it will decline. I wouldn't buy any of it in 2012.

I don't know if I'm unusual, but I find a video / photo of a lone shoe lying in the mud on the seafloor rather more emotive than the same shoe sitting in a glass case as an exhibit.
 
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>>Sounds like a last throw of the dice of financial exploitation to me. I don't know who valued the collection in 2007 at $189m, but I think they're mad. I see a spokesman said they were hoping to identify one buyer who could curate the whole lot - not at that price, they won't. <<

Well, if you're somebody like Ross Perot or Bill Gates, maybe there would be a chance. Since niether of these men have ever expressed an interest in the ship, I think they're being wildly unrealistic. The value may be about right but rotsa ruck finding anybody who both wants the lot and can afford it.
 
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Well, yes, Michael. Mr. & Mrs. Gates seem rather more interested in disbursing their Foundation funds to the living - with which I quite agree. I don't know what Mr. Perot likes to invest in, but I bet it's something a lot less ephemeral than Titanic memorabilia will probably prove to be, post 2012.

The question of whether the 2007 valuation of $189m is about right is an interesting one, if you like statistics. So far as I can see, it can only be an extrapolation of an upward curve based on historical value from a narrow timeband, fuelled by our ability to salvage and Cameron's film, which is no basis for forecasting the future value of anything. All forecasts inevitably collapse back via the regression to the mean. Only a ludicrously rich afficionado, who could afford not to invest in property which increases its value, would buy this lot. But you never know. There may be one. The other alternative is a larger number of fairly rich people who will pay for a little piece of history they are interested in.

Not sure there are many of them on ET, though you can never be certain of people's identities. I've long been suspicious that Bob Godfrey's protestations of poverty have been concealing a rich collector's zeal, and as for Paul Rogers ... well, who believes he isn't sitting on a pile of Welsh coal and light fittings?
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Bob Godfrey

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There are two ways to accumulate wealth, Mon. One is Paul's way - to earn as much as possible. The other is my way - to spend as little as possible. And as I'm fully stocked with coal (no more room in the bath) and well supplied with 40W light bulbs I won't be bidding. I suspect that Paul will be keeping his wallet closed too, as Carol hasn't forgiven him for selling all their furniture last year to buy Captain Smith's ballpoint pen. I hated to part with it, but I have to make a living.
 
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Thank goodness I had the sense to refuse your recent offer of Captain Smith's Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor. I obviously saved a fortune, not to mention my furniture. I understand that the head chef's electric Knife Wizard is in the auction catalogue though. Could be a good buy.
 

Jim Kalafus

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>Captain Smith's Gillette Fusion ProGlide Power Razor.

The museum to which I tried to donate it, post-purchase, had the temerity to suggest that I was an idiot. So much for philanthropy. And, not to air dirty laundry in public, but the 15 yards of Lycra that I bought from you, recovered from the shipment Lucile Duff-Gordon was bringing to the US, has never arrived.... did you ever get around to mailing it?
 
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Sorry about that, Jim. But the Lycra was put to good use, as you can see. I think Lucile would have been pleased.
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Paul Rogers

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I've learned my lesson. Some con artist tried to sell me Wilde's iPhone - the original 4GB version because, obviously, Apple didn't even release the iPhone 3G in the UK until 1919. Luckily at the last minute, I remembered that Wilde was an avid Nokia fanboy, and had hung on to his old Nokia 6210, even though the battery life was poor and it only had a monochrome screen. A damn close-run thing.
 

Paul Rogers

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I was thinking of submitting an article, actually: "The Titanic Wireless"

It would be an in-depth review of the mobile network* available throughout the ship and the range of hands-free devices used by the crew. I have discovered some fascinating information: for example, that stokers were forced to wear bluetooth headsets throughout their shifts, so that Chief Engineer Bell could issue commands to them from the hot tub on F Deck.

What do you think, Mon? Might there be some interest in this?



*EDIT: Obviously, Third Class accommodation only had access to the internet via GPRS. First and Second Classes had access to EDGE technology as a minimum (below E Deck and all decks between Frames 1 and 5). However, 3G/HSDPA was normally available elsewhere. This arrangement was considerably superior to what was available aboard the Cunard ships of the time, I might add.
 

Jim Kalafus

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Paul... again, not to air private matters in public, but the cel phone captures of the near-collision between the Titanic and the New York you SWORE were genuine when you sold them to me, were identified by experts as being some rather pedestrian views of a cross-channel ferry sideswiping a pier. The Bryan Adams t-shirt on the man closest to the camera tipped the experts off, and from there they quickly made mincemeat out of what I described in print as 'the find of the decade.'

Now, I KNOW that the "genuine Titanic knitted legwarmers," in rainbow yarn, that you convinced me to wear to the convention, MIGHT have been an authentication error on your part, as might have been the Titanic baseball cap, with built in beercan holders and connecting straw, which you asked me to consign in my own name...well, attempt to consign.... at a rather famous auction house, as a favor to you. But this latest incident leads me to believe that you MIGHT be having fun at my expense. I certainly hope that such is not the case. BTW, did my Paypal payment for Madeline Astor's personal collection of Franklin Mint Titanic Collectors' Plates arrive safely? The article is all but finished and lacks only the illustrations.
 

Jim Kalafus

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@ Monica. You wore MY authentic Titanic LYCRA when we met in London? I am...aghast. Who is the other woman in the photo? I don't recall her being along, and neither Tim nor I carried that style of wig with us on the crossing.