Menu from Titanic's last lunch sells at UK auction

Associated Press
This Wednesday March 28, 2012 shows a menu given to first class passengers on the day of the sinking of the Titanic and a set of keys used by Titanic crewman Samuel Hemming to unlock the door where the lifeboat lanterns were held after he was ordered by the ship's Captain to ensure all 15 lifeboats had lit oil lamps, as part of an auction of Titanic memorabilia at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, England to commemorate the centenary of the ships completion. The menu, kept by a prominent San Francisco banker, bears the date April 14, the day in 1912 that the reputedly unsinkable cruiser hit an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic.    (AP Photo/Tim Ireland/PA Wire)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT
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This Wednesday March 28, 2012 shows a menu given to first class passengers on the day of the sinking of the Titanic and a set of keys used by Titanic crewman Samuel Hemming to unlock the door where the lifeboat lanterns were held after he was ordered by the ship's Captain to ensure all 15 lifeboats had lit oil lamps, as part of an auction of Titanic memorabilia at Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, England to commemorate the centenary of the ships completion. The menu, kept by a prominent San Francisco banker, bears the date April 14, the day in 1912 that the reputedly unsinkable cruiser hit an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

LONDON (AP) — A British auctioneer says that a first class menu from the Titanic's last lunch has sold for 76,000 pounds (about $120,000.)

The menu, kept by prominent San Francisco banker Washington Dodge, bears the date April 14, the day in 1912 that the reputedly unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and fell to the bottom of the Atlantic.

Devizes, England-based auctioneer Henry Aldrige & Son says the menu is one of the "rarest items of Titanic memorabilia to be sold in recent years," adding it made its way off the ship in the banker's wife's purse.

Among the 40 options on the historic menu: Chicken a la Maryland and Consomme Fermier.

A set of keys from the ship were also sold Saturday, for 59,000 pounds.

All prices include the buyer's premium.

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