Titanic stewardess’ fur coat beats estimate

A fur coat worn by a stewardess on the Titanic sold for substantially more than its estimate over the weekend.

The remarkable lot had originally been valued at £80,000 ($102,600), but achieved £150,000 ($192,375).

Titanic fur coat

The fur coat was recently on display at a Titanic museum 

Mabel Bennett joined the crew of the doomed vessel on April 6, a few days before it left Southampton.

She would be one of the lucky survivors to get a space in a lifeboat when the Titanic went down just a few days later, on April 14.

Mabel would be rescued by the RMS Carpathia, which carried the survivors on to New York. She travelled back to the UK on the SS Lapland, arriving home on April 28. 

She can be seen wearing the coat in a photograph taken on the deck of the Lapland.

A letter of provenance from Mabel’s great niece reads: "This coat was worn by my Great Aunt Mabel who was a Stewardess.

“On her rescue from the Titanic she was in her nightdress and this coat was the first garment she snatched for warmth.

“My aunt gave me the coat in the early 60s, because of her advancing years she found the weight of the coat too much for her.”

The lot was recently on display at a Titanic museum in Tennessee.

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