A VERY large, hand-drawn plan of the Titanic, used in the official inquiry after it sank in 1912, has sold for £220,000 at Wiltshire auction house, Henry Aldridge & Son.
It sets a new record for a piece of Titanic
memorabilia, eclipsing the previous high of £100,000 paid for a set
of the ship's postroom keys which were sold in 2007 by the same
Offered with an estimate of £100,000-150,000, the plan sold to a
UK private collector bidding by phone on May 28 - three days short
of the centenary of the Titanic's launch at the Harland
and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.
The 33ft (10m) longitudinal sectioned plan was commissioned by
the British Board of Trade to assist in the 36-day inquiry. Headed
S.S. Titanic Profile, the plan hung in the hearing room
throughout the proceedings and was marked in red and green chalk to
indicate where the ice was believed to have penetrated the
The inquiry concluded that the loss of the ship had been brought
about by "excessive speed". The unique plan was returned to White
Star Line and then went into private ownership where it has
remained ever since.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge believed a key factor in the success
of the sale was the Daily Sketch's front page image
showing the plan being used in the enquiry, illustrated here.
The buyer's premium was 10%.
By Gabriel Berner