Remember at the end of 'Titanic' when all the really rich people were safely in lifeboats watching everyone else go down with the ship?
Well, Lady Duff-Gordon -- a prominent English fashion designer -- and her husband were two of 12 people saved on the number one Titanic lifeboat. The boat was equipped for 40 the night the ship sank.
At the time, the press had a field day dubbing it the 'Money Boat.' Gossip mongers claimed Lady Duff-Gordon's hubby bribed the crew not to rescue more passengers and get them away faster.
Now, a letter written by Titanic survivor Lucy Lady Duff-Gordon is slated to hit the auction block in Boston, and it sheds light on that devastating night.
According to a press release, the letter was written during the British Wreck Commissioners inquiry into the sinking of the ship. Mr & Mrs. Lady Duff-Gordon were the only passengers called to testify.
"How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety. According to the way we've been treated by England on our return we didn't seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn't it disgraceful." Lucy writes to a friend in the three page letter from May 27th 1912.
The roughly 1,500 people who died on the Titanic might not agree.
Other items at the Remarkable Rarities auction include a letter written by Jerry Garcia, a postcard and self-portrait by Einstein and a letter from Malcolm X about the temptations of the jazz music scene.
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