The very first dinner menu from the first-class compartment of the R.M.S. Titanic was sold at auction Sunday at Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers in Wiltshire, England. The menu fetched 42,000 pounds, or about 72,000 U.S. dollars.
The menu was for a dinner on the first night of the ship's journey on April 10, 1912 that included roast duck, boiled rice, fillet of veal and pudding. The ship made a stop at Queenstown, Ireland (now Cobh) and 34-year-old first class steward Charles Caswell mailed a copy of the menu to his wife, Hilda.
Caswell did not survive the ship striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sinking days later on April 15 with the loss of 1,522 lives and the menu remained his wife's family. Andrew Aldridge of the auction house told the BBC that menus from the Titanic are "the most sought after memorabilia from the doomed liner."
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the ship.