‘World’s most valuable biscuit’ from Titanic up for auction

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 17:33 IST
In this April 10, 1912, file photo, the liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage. (AP File Photo)

The “world’s most valuable biscuit” which survived the sinking of the Titanic, will go under the hammer later this month and is expected to fetch between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds.

The cracker - which was kept as a souvenir by James Fenwick, a passenger on board SS Carpathia which helped rescue some of the Titanic’s passengers - was stored by him in a Kodak photographic envelope with an original note which read “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat 1912”.

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The Spillers and Bakers pilot biscuit – a type of cracker made from flour and water – survived the sinking of the Titanic on April 15.

“It is the world’s most valuable biscuit,” Andrew Aldridge from Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Wiltshire, UK said.

“It is incredible that this biscuit has survived such a dramatic event - the sinking of the world’s largest ocean liner - costing 1,500 lives,” he added.

The cracker, which will go under the hammer on October 24, was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill- fated ocean liner’s lifeboats, the Mirror reported.

It is estimated to fetch between 8,000 and 10,000 pounds. The biscuit will be sold alongside the Fenwick archive - a unique photographic history of the rescue of the survivors from the Titanic.

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