A lump of coal salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic in 1994 is one of many souvenirs from the doomed liner set to attract bids at a Northamptonshire auction next week.
The item is due to go on sale at Towcester based JP Humbert auctioneers on Wednesday, March 18 alongside a host of paraphernalia salvaged form the wreck of the ship, which sunk after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic in 1912.
The lump of coal was recovered from the 1994 Titanic Research & Recovery Expedition and has been authenticated by the president of the RMS Titanic Inc.
Also up for sale is an actual piece of the hull of the Titanic, which a spokesperson for JP Humbert says is a fragment of the 20 ton ‘big piece’ salvaged in 1998 by the French research vessel Nadir.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “It is a great honour to offer items recovered from the wreck of the Titanic.
“They are historical artefacts of the utmost public interest and such items are rare by their very nature.
“So many Titanic items have ended up rightly in museums and private collections- to offer such pieces by public auction is relatively rare.”
The piece of the boat’s hull, which Mr Humbert has described as a ‘rusticle’ is a heavily corroded remnant of the original steel hull and is one of only a few such pieces ever to have been offered for sale.
The two lots are being offered ‘without reserve’ alongside a number of other items signed by Milvina Dean, the youngest person to survive the disaster in 1912.