Titanic silver loving cup sells for $198,000 at Henry Aldridge

A silver loving cup given by Titanic Survivor Molly Brown to Captain Arthur Rostron of rescue ship The Carpathia has sold for ?�129,000 ($197,982) at Henry Aldridge Auctioneers.

The sale was held in Devizes, UK on October 24.

Titanic loving cup
Captain Arthur Rostron piloted The Endurance to the scene of the disaster

It was originally paid for by well heeled survivors of the wreck, many of who were rescued by Rostron and his crew.

In all 710 people were pulled from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Rostron was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for his heroic efforts.

Brown became something of a celebrity on her return to dry land. She was dubbed "the unsinkable Molly Brown" by the press after it emerged that she convinced the crew of her lifeboat to try and rescue the drowning.

A photograph of the iceberg that sank the Titanic, taken by the steward of the Prinz Adelbert the day after the disaster, made ?�21,000 ($32,200).

A biscuit recovered from the wreck sold for ?�15,000 ($22,968) - a new auction record for a biscuit.

Henry Aldridge explained to local paper the Salisbury Journal: "It is the world's most valuable biscuit. We don't know which lifeboat the biscuit came from but there are no other Titanic lifeboat biscuits in existence to my knowledge."

It was made by Spillers and Bakers and was recovered from a survival kit kept in one of the lifeboats.

The previous record for a biscuit at auction was ?�7,367 ($11,306), paid for some crumbs brought back from Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

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