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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Robert Ballard wept.
Posted by Jill | 6:05 PM
I'm sorry, but this is just so wrong:
The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck.

More than 5,500 items including fine china, ship fittings and portions of hull that were recovered from the ocean liner have an estimated value of $189 million, according to Premier Exhibitions Inc., parent of RMS Titanic Inc., the Titanic's court-approved salvor. That value was based on a 2007 appraisal and doesn't include intellectual property gathered from a 2010 scientific expedition that mapped the wreck site.

The auction is scheduled for April 1 by Guernsey's, a New York City auction house, according to filings by Premier Exhibitions with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Results of the auction won't be announced until April 15, the date a century ago the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after striking an iceberg.

In 90 years, will the 9/11 memorial also be sold off piecemeal?

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Blogger double nickel said...

Blogger Bustednuckles said...
That's just greed unleashed.
Donate every single bit of it to the Smithsonian and write it off as a charitable donation on your taxes, idiot.

They would put up a whole building dedicated to it and that would encourage other owners of artifacts to donate theirs too.

Shaking head at the money grubbing asshole.

Nice catch though, first I heard of it, been crazy busy at work.

Anonymous The Wifely Person said...
It's going as a single lot. Perhaps the owner has fallen on hard times? There has been talk before that owning things from the Titanic is bad ju-ju.

I'm just sayin'.....