TIME History

Menu From Titanic’s Last Lunch Is Going to Auction

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Lion Heart Autographs/AP Titanic's last lunch menu.

It could bring in as much as $70,000

A menu of the last lunch offered on the Titanic, which was saved by a passenger on a rescue boat, is going to auction, where it is expected to bring in $50,000 to $70,000.

The menu, which was saved by passenger Abraham Lincoln Salomon, listed items including corned beef and dumplings, the Associated Press reports. The menu is signed on the back by another passenger named Isaac Gerald Frauenthal. It’s believed the two first-class men had lunch together on that day.

Salomon was on a lifeboat that was known as the “Money Boat” in the press, based on allegations that the passengers bribed crew members to row away to safety rather than go back and save others.

On Sept. 30, auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs is offering the menu and other artifacts from the lifeboat. The objects being auctioned are from the son of a man who was given them by a direct descendent of one of the survivors.


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This Is How Much the Last Titanic Lunch Menu Is Expected to Make at Auction

Sinking of the ?Titanic?, 14 April 1912.
Science & Society Picture Librar—SSPL via Getty Images An artist’s rendition of the sinking of the Titanic after hitting an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in 1912.

Two other artifacts will be auctioned off

The last lunch menu that was saved from the Titanic is being auctioned off at Lion Heart Autographs and is expected to go for $50,000 to $70,000, the Associated Press reports.

The Sept. 30 auction, which will also feature two other Titanic artifacts, will mark the 30th year after the debris was discovered at the bottom of the Atlantic.

The menu was saved by Abraham Lincoln Salomon, a survivor who escaped on Lifeboat 1. It’s signed by Isaac Gerald Fraunthal, who was said to have had lunch with Salomon the day of the tragedy. He also kept a ticket from the ship’s Turkish baths, which recorded a person’s weight using a specially designed chair. There are only three other weighing-chair tickets left as far as we know, and this one is expected to sell for between $7,500 and $10,000, the report said.

The third artifact Salomon saved was a letter he received from Mabel Francatelli six months following the tragedy, estimated to bring in between $4,000 and $6,000. Lifeboat 1 was better known as the “Money Boat” or the “Millionaire’s Boat” because Francatelli’s husband, Lord Cosmo Duff-Gordon, was rumored to have bribed the crew to row away rather than saving others. The lifeboat supposedly only held a handful of first-class passengers, but had room for 40 people.

The seller claims to have received these artifacts from a direct descendant of a Lifeboat 1 survivor.

TIME celebrity

Michael Jackson’s White Glove Is Up for Auction

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Cliff Schiappa—AP In this July 7, 1984 file photo, Michael Jackson wears a white glove during his performance kicking off the "Victory Tour" at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Starting at $20,000

One of Michael Jackson’s trademark single white gloves is currently up for auction — but fans will have to shell out at least $20,000 to get their hands on it (or rather, in it).

Nate D. Sanders’ auction house is handling the sale, which ends July 30 at 5 p.m. PT. Jackson gave the glove, which features crystal beading and light wear and tear, to personal artist Paul Bedard — who worked on multiple pieces of art for Jackson’s Neverland Ranch — in 1984, and Bedard went on to sell it in 2005.

Head to Sanders’ site before July 30 to bid and see photos of the item.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Books

Harper Lee’s Letters Could Sell for $250,000 in Auction

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Rob Carr—AP In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.

She wrote about her father, the model for Atticus Finch, and her surprise over the success of To Kill a Mockingbird

Six typewritten letters by Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, could sell for up to $250,000 when they go up for auction this month.

Christie’s auctioning house will handle the sale of the letters on June 12 in New York. The letters are undated or were written between 1956 and 1961 to Lee’s friend, New York architect Harold Caufield, Reuters reports.

In the letters, Lee wrote about her surprise at the success of her Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as about caring for her ailing father, who was the model for her character Atticus Finch.

“Daddy is sitting beside me at the kitchen table … I found myself staring at his handsome old face, and a sudden wave of panic flashed through me, which I think was an echo of the fear and desolation that filled me when he was nearly dead,” she wrote.

A second book by the 89-year-old Lee will be published on July 14.


TIME wine

Nobody Knows If This $18,000 Wine Is Any Good

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The pricy 70-year old bottle of French wine may be undrinkable

A bottle of wine sold at a London auction for $18,000 on Thursday. The problem is it might taste pretty bad.

The Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945, one of the rarest wines in the world, was sold by auctioneer Bonhams to a private collection in Europe, Bloomberg reported. Individual glasses of the French red wine would sell for $1,500, the news service said.

The bottle sold for less than it could have, however, because of concerns that it may be undrinkable, Richard Harvey, Bonhams’ global head of wine, told Bloomberg. The wine, from the Medoc region, is believed to have oxidized because of some space found between the wine and the bottom of the cork. According to the article:

Had it been in better condition, the 70-year-old bottle, part of a vintage described by critic Michael Broadbent as the “Churchill of wine,” could have fetched twice the 10,000-pound ($15,000) to 15,000-pound range Bonhams had estimated in its sale catalog.

But regardless of its taste, the wine is a collector’s item because of its historical significance. A “V” printed on the label is said to celebrate the Allies’ victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
TIME endangered species

This Guy Just Killed an Endangered Black Rhino After Paying $350,000

Warning: The video contains material that some viewers may find distressing


A man from Texas has hunted and killed an endangered black rhino in Namibia after bidding $350,000 in an auction to win a hunting permit.

Since the auction last year, Corey Knowlton has faced intense criticism and even death threats from animal-rights advocates, but he said the hunt is an essential part of conservation work for saving black-rhino populations in Namibia.

The 36-year-old hunter from Dallas told CNN the rhinoceros he hunted was an older bull that was considered a threat to the herd, as it was harming younger males.

But opponents, including several animal-welfare groups, disagree with killing any endangered animal.

Read more on the debate at CNN.

TIME Fine Art

See the Picasso Painting That Just Set a World Record for Art at Auction

It surpassed a Francis Bacon piece that sold in 2013

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Courtesy of Christie’s and the Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS)/APPablo Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O),” auctioned at Christie’s in New York City on May 11, 2015.

A Picasso painting became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Monday, going for more than $179 million.

Christie’s said “Women of Algiers (Version O)” sold for $179,365,000. That figure, which the Associated Press reports to include the auction house’s premium, surpasses a Francis Bacon work called “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” that held the top spot, also selling at Christie’s for $142.4 million in 2013.

Picasso painted the work as part of a 15-painting series (versions A through O) created in 1954 and 1955, inspired by Eugène Delacroix’s 1834 “Women of Algiers.” Industry experts say art world prices are staying high as collectors see these top works as strong and lasting investments.

TIME France

Original Asterix Artwork Raises Over $150,000 for Charlie Hebdo Victims

Kenzo Tribouillard—AFP/Getty Images A picture taken on March 14, 2015, shows the original drawing of the Asterix comic book Les Lauriers de César (Asterix and the Laurel Wreath), displayed at Christie's auction house in Paris

Christie's auction house also waived its commission

The original artwork for an Asterix cartoon from the 1970s was auctioned for more than $150,000 on Sunday, with proceeds going to victims of January’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The cartoon panels from the iconic comic-book series bore a special dedication from co-creator Albert Uderzo, the BBC reported.

Uderzo, 87, briefly came out of retirement earlier this year to draw two tributes to the 12 victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris, where two gunmen opened fire on Jan. 7 over the magazine’s publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed.

Auction house Christie’s reportedly waived its commission for the sale of the artwork, which comes from the 1971 comic Asterix and the Laurel Wreath.


TIME Basketball

Michael Jordan’s Basketball Shoes from 1984 Are to Be Auctioned

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (23), right, prepares to go up with the ball as Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper (21), looks on during first half NBA action at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2, 1984
Reed Saxon—AP Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan (23), right, prepares to go up with the ball as Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper (21), looks on during first half NBA action at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2, 1984

The shoes have been in a closet for 30 years

The earliest known game-worn Michael Jordan basketball shoes will be auctioned online by SCP Auctions, with bidding from April 8 through to Apr. 25, according to ESPN.

The Nikes have reportedly been in the shoe closet of former Los Angeles Lakers ball-boy Khalid Ali for the last 30 years.

“I didn’t really talk about them much. People who met me after my teenage years don’t even know I have them,” he said.

The shoes, according to SCP Auctions vice president Dan Imler could fetch more than $50,000. They came from a game played in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1984. The Bulls won 113-112 and Jordan scored 20 points.

Another pair of shoes that Jordan wore during the 1984-1985 season went for $31,070 in 2013.

TIME India

India’s Prime Minister Is Auctioning a Suit With His Name Embroidered All Over It

Indian Prime Minister Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit repeatedly embroidered with the words "Narendra Damodardas Modi", meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in New Delhi
Jim Bourg—REUTERS Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, wearing a dark pinstripe suit embroidered with his name, meets with U.S. President Barack Obama at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Jan. 25, 2015

Attention, Narendra Modi fans

The suit that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wore during President Barack Obama’s visit to New Delhi last month is set to be auctioned on Wednesday.

The garment attained infamy because it has Modi’s name embroidered all over it in the form of widely spaced pinstripes.

The auction will take place in Surat, a city in Modi’s home state Gujarat, and will include 465 items gifted to Modi since he became Prime Minister in May 2014, the Indian Express reports.

An Indian industrialist has reportedly already bid the rough equivalent of $160,000 for the suit.

Proceeds from the auction will reportedly go to the Clean Ganga project, an initiative to combat the pollution of India’s most sacred river. Some 361 items belonging to Anandiben Patel — Modi’s successor as Gujarat’s chief minister — will also be sold, with the proceeds going toward female education.

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