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Never-Before-Read Letter From The Titanic Sold At Auction For Record-Breaking Price

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National Geographic

A water-stained letter from the ill-fated Titanic has been sold at a U.K. auction for a record-breaking $166,000.

The letter was penned by first class passenger, Alexander Oskar Holverson, on April 13, 1912, a day before the ship hit an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean, becoming one of the world's most tragic disasters at sea.

The salesman wrote to his mother on embossed Titanic stationery, described the "giant" boat and how it fitted similar to a "palacial hotel."

"The food and drink is excellent," he adds.

He also comments on John Jacob Astor, one of the world's richest men at the time, sitting on a deck of the vessel.

“John Jacob Astor is on this ship," Holverson writes. "He looks like any other human being even tho he has millions of money.”

Heartbreakingly, he tells his mother: “If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.”

The next day Holverson would be one of over 1,500 people to perish in the shipwreck.

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