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'Antiques Roadshow': Titanic collection worth a small fortune

'Antiques Roadshow': Titanic Collection Worth A Small Fortune

On "Antiques Roadshow," we went back to 1999 when a man brought in a collection of diary entries, letters and photos that he inherited from his grandparents, who were on the ship that rescued the Titanic.

That ship was the RMS Carpathia, and it is known as the only ship that was able to rescue any survivors from the icy North Atlantic waters on the catastrophic evening of April 15, 1912. While the ship is a footnote in the story of the Titanic, the grandparents' collection was appraised for some serious money.

The appraiser said, "I would say that in terms of what the Titanic stuff has been selling for and whether the market is going to continue like it has been, $50,000 ... $75,000 for all of this stuff. It wouldn't surprise me at all."

According to History.com, RMS Carpathia had been taking journeys across the Atlantic for decades before the Titanic sank, but it actually ended up sinking as well. The ship was torpedoed by German troops during World War I -- five passengers were killed and the rest were successfully rescued.

And as Encyclopaedia Britannica notes, the Carpathia was built by Swan and Hunter for the Cunard Line. Construction of the vessel began on September 10, 1901 and the ship was launched on August 6, 1902.

If you're itching to get your hands on your own piece of Titanic history, get ready to stretch your budget: the last letter from the Titanic sold earlier this year for $200,000.

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exitscreaming July 15 2014 at 4:27 PM

I save candy wrappers,cereal boxes, fast food cups, etc because if they ever go out of business they could become collectors items

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Kate July 15 2014 at 5:00 PM

While I have no problem at all that the collection is worth that much, I do take issue with the sentence that they were from passengers on the Carpathia, 'the ship that rescued the Titanic.'

Nobody rescued the Titanic. It sank.

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ADAM ANTMAN Kate July 15 2014 at 9:54 PM

Read down a couple of lines and you'll see that the article contradicts/corrects itself. That's TOPFLIGHT REPORTING AS ONLY AOL CAN DO IT!

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wtrfrd July 15 2014 at 5:27 PM

Very lucky grandad. Women and children were to board lifeboats first and the survivor records show this to be true. 85% of the men deferred to the children and women and gallantly went to their deaths . Some male crew members were required to man the boats and assist in lowering the boats. Including those above only 15% of the men aboard survived. So grandpa was a lucky fellow. God Bless those brave and noble men who went down with the ship.

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myfriendindover July 15 2014 at 2:05 PM

Another opportunity for people who have more money than they know what to do with and somehow get pleasure out of having material things in their posession. Imagine how many starving and suffering children could be helped with that money, then tell me you can sleep at night spending 20,000-200,000 on such pointless drivel that you're going to do nothing with and about which no one in your circle of associates gives a rat's ass.

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Kate myfriendindover July 15 2014 at 5:03 PM

Many people care about these artifacts because they are part of history, not just the people who own them. The owners will often let historians and other experts examine them, or put them on display in museums.

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bdot157 myfriendindover July 15 2014 at 8:40 PM

How do you know the so called people you are talking about do or do not contribute/donate a larger percentage of their fortunes than you. I say shut up or put up.

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Velocity105 July 16 2014 at 1:00 AM

Seems like a lot of money for some private letters. We know basically what happened to the ship so any letters aren't going to shed any more light on it then what we have now. Maybe they will try to raise the ship someday if the hull is intact enough to support the ships weight.

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