It has been more than a century since the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean, in the year 1912. There exist several memorabilia from the epic ship that have managed to fetch huge prices in auctions.
Now, a fur coat that was donned by a first class stewardess on the ship has been auctioned for a whopping £150,000 in the UK (approximately 9.5 crore rupees). This price is almost twice its estimated cost.
Mabel Bennett, the stewardess, threw on this heavy coat to protect herself from the chilly winter before she was rescued by a lifeboat.
Adding the taxes and auction house charges, the total estimated cost comes out to be close to 15 crore.
Bennett was 33 at the time the Titanic sank. The moment the ship began to sink, the lady was in her nightdress and quickly put on the coat as rescue began. Living to 96, she was the longest living female Titanic crew member.
The coat was treasured by her family for almost 90 years and was eventually sold to Wiltshire auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Sons, in 1999. It was loaned by these auctioneers to a museum in the US in 1999. Since then, it was on display in a recreation of a first class stateroom of Titanic.
In a letter, Bennett’s great niece mentioned that her aunt gave her the coat in the early 60’s. By that time, Bennett felt the weight of the coat to be too much for her, given her advancing age.