Titanic survivor sells souvenirs to pay for care

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Titanic survivor sells souvenirs to pay for care

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The last living survivor of the sinking of the Titanic has announced that she plans to sell mementos connected to the doomed liner to help pay for her nursing home costs.

Millvina Dean was just two months old when she was saved from the Titanic during its tragic maiden voyage.

“I am rather an optimist,” she said. “I don’t ever look on the… well, I occasionally look on the dark side, but not very often. I mean I have to do what I have to do, so that is it.”

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, who is organising the sale, says the items should fetch a decent sum.

“Millvina is the last Titanic survivor. So she was the only person who was actually on the Titanic… so because of that, there is a massive premium on them,” he said.

Millvina hopes to raise around 4,000 euros from the items which include a suitcase filled with clothes given to her family when they reached New York.

They were among 700 lucky survivors onboard the Titanic which went down after hitting an iceberg in April 1912.