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Last known letter written on the Titanic sells at auction


"Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now."

So goes the last known letter written aboard the ill-fated Titanic. Auctioned today through Henry Aldridge & Son of Devizes, the letter sold for £119,000, or $200,000.

Written by survivors Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva, the letter is the only known one dated Sunday, April 14 — the day in 1912 the ship hit an iceberg and sank into the Atlantic Ocean. Hart's husband, Benjamin, gave her his coat to keep warm, and the letter was in his pocket, the BBC News reported.

Benjamin died, along with more than 1,500 other people, when the ship sank. --Sarah Eberspacher