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Titanic artefacts up for auction

world Updated: Jan 01, 2012 08:30 IST

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Artefacts recovered from the Titanic are set to go under the hammer on April 1 to mark the luxury liner's 100-year anniversary.

The ship struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage to America and sank in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 April, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.

Divers at salvaging company Rms Titanic Inc have recovered thousands of items from the wreckage over the years and now the firm's bosses will be entitled to the items after a Virginia judge ruled they own the rights to the treasure, reported The Sun.

As per a court order, the trove must be kept together and made available to present and future generations for public display and scientific and scholarly research, but the collection will include more than 5,000 pieces of fine china and still-fragrant perfume bottles, worth an estimated total of $ 189 million.

People will be able to bid for the relics at New York's Guernsey's auction house.