Rare Titanic lunch menu to make $96,500?

A rare lunch menu from the Titanic will cross the block at Henry Aldridge & Son on October 18 with a valuation of ?�50,000-60,000 ($80,466-96,560).

The first class menu dates to lunchtime on April 12, 1912, two days before the ship sank, and is believed to be the first bearing this date ever to come to auction.

Titanic menu
The menu includes Haricot oxtail, Bologna sausage and tapioca pudding

The UK auction house explained: "This opulent menu offered over 40 options for lunch. It was saved by First Class passenger Elise Lurette who was travelling with her employers William and Marie Spencer as First Class passengers onboard the Titanic.

"Elisa boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg on 10th April 1912. On the night of the sinking after a member of the ship's crew had knocked on her cabin door she put a coat on over her nightdress.

"Elise was rescued in lifeboat number 6 and was severely traumatized by her experiences recalling the screams of those in the water and their attempts to climb into the lifeboat.

"Only a handful of menus survived the sinking of the Titanic and those from April 12th are among the rarest of the rare".

The auction record for a Titanic menu stands at ?�87,000 ($146,500) - set for a second-class breakfast menu at Henry Aldridge earlier this year.

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