Lusitania breeches life buoy valued at $12,000

A breeches life buoy from the Lusitania will cross the block at Alexander Historical Auctions.

It's expected to make $10,000-12,000 in the July 8 sale.

Lusitania life buoy
The Lusitania sank on May 7, 1915

The life ring bears the name of the vessel around the rim.

It's accompanied by a letter of provenance from a French sailor who salvaged it from the wreck: "This buoy was picked up upon the scene of the disaster by the contre torpilleur 'Rafale' and was brought into Rochefort sue-mer- (station de navires de [?] Francais) and was sold together with other picked up wreckage to Lieut. de Vaisseau Besson by the sailors of the Rafale."

The sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania by a German U-boat in 1915 led to the deaths of over a thousand passengers and crew. 

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