A Louis Vuitton steamer trunk is set to provide one of the highlights of an upcoming ocean liner artefacts auction.
The early, pre-monogrammed model from the late 1800s features an unusual vertical form with wheels on the bottom.
With five interior drawers, two covered compartments, and a slide out writing desk, the trunk is a veritable office on the high seas and has a high estimate of $25,000 ahead of the October 21 auction in Massachusetts.
The sale will also feature several items of less refined, but no less important function. These include a ceremonial life ring from the RMS Mauretania, expected to make up to $7,000, as well as a life jacket from the SS Normandie, a French ocean liner in the 1930s, which has a $4,000 high valuation.
A piece of wood from the Titanic, retrieved by the rescue ship Minia, is expected to make up to $5,000 at the auction, although such is the clamour for Titanic artefacts it could well exceed this figure.
There is also a spike from Christopher Columbus' ship Santiago, which sank in Jamaica in 1504 during his fourth and final voyage to the Americas. Recovered from the wreck in 1968, it has a $4,000 estimate.
The auction house's maritime memorabilia expert, Gary Robinson, commented: "It is rare to find such a variety of important items in one offering. The breadth and depth of the ocean liner collection is virtually unparalleled in the maritime field."
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