Extraordinary Titanic letter could fetch $40,000 at auction

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Andrew Aldridge, of auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son, told the Daily Mail the letter offers a snapshot into the lives of passengers, more than 1,500 of which died.

Estimated to be worth US$40,000, the letter was stamped in Queenstown, Ireland – Titanic’s final stop before it sank in the icy Atlantic on the morning of April 15, 1912.

"In an hour we are in Queenstown and hold it there for the post for probably a few hours and then the real journey to the ocean begins."

The letter is said to be in extraordinarily good condition.

"Although the wind is blowing strong, the ship is not heeling over a bit, I certainly think that even you would not get seasick, because everywhere the air is excellent," Simonius-Blumer wrote.

He also boasted of sleeping “wonderfully” and taking Turkish baths aboard the luxury liner.

A letter penned aboard the Titanic days before it smashed into an iceberg is expected to fetch a tidy sum this weekend at auction.

In it, Swiss banker Alfons Simonius-Blumer, the author, declared Titanic “as good as the best hotel” as he sat in first class and regretted the absences of his wife and daughter, to whom the letter is written.
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He was rescued hours later after spending a portion of the night rowing to keep warm.
(Wikimedia Commons) RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912.

It is really as good as the best hotel. "In the smoking saloon and in other saloons burn fires, mostly coal, and partly gas, but the air is good because of artificial ventilation against the smoke.

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According to multiple reports, Simonius-Blumer survived the tragedy by abandoning ship in “lifeboat No. 3.”