A rare sea-stained letter found on the body of a man killed in the sinking of the Titanic will be auctioned on Saturday.
The letter, by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson, to his mother is expected to fetch almost 90,000 euros
Written on embossed Titanic “on-board” stationary, it describes his impressions of the palatial ship, and praises the food and music.
The Minnesota-born salesman was returning from a vacation in Buenos Aires via the U.K with his wife, Mary Alice, who survived the sinking.
He wrote the day before the ship’s fateful encounter with an iceberg that:
“If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.,”
In the letter, he also describes his experiences rubbing shoulders with one of the ship’s most famous passengers.
“John Jacob Astor is on this ship,” he said of the American financier and real-estate investor, who was one of the world’s richest men at the time.
“He looks like any other human being even though he has millions of money. They sit out on deck with the rest of us.”
The letter is one of the last known to have survived the sinking – it still carries stains from its time in the Atlantic.
The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in service when it struck an iceberg on April 14th 1912 in the Atlantic while travelling from Southampton to New York.
More than 1,500 people died.