Diagrams from Titanic inquest to be auctioned

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Posted: Oct 19, 2011 11:31 AM
Diagrams from Titanic inquest to be auctioned

A British auctioneer is offering two diagrams of the ill-fated liner Titanic for sale on Oct. 29.

The diagrams were used during the official inquest following the ship's sinking in 1912, auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said Wednesday.

A 32.5-foot-long (9.9-meter-long) cutaway diagram of the ship's interior, also used at the inquest, fetched 220,000 pounds ($363,000) at an auction at in April by Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes in southwest England.

The two diagrams, which are among more than 370 lots of Titanic memorabilia in next week's sale, are more modest in scale.

One showing deck levels and the placement of lifeboats measures 74 inches (188 centimeters) by 56 inches (142 centimeters). The presale estimate is 40,000-60,000 pounds ($63,000-$95,000).

The other _ a plan of first-class accommodations, including pictures of some of the cabins _ measures 29 inches by 41 inches (74 centimeters by 104 centimeters). The estimated price is 30,000-50,000 pounds ($48,000-$80,000).

The ship sank on the night of April 14-15, 1912, after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage. About 1,500 people died. The official inquiry opened on May 2, 1912, and nearly 100 witnesses testified during 36 days of hearings.

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Auctioneer, http://www.henry-aldridge.com

(This version CORRECTS Corrects the date in paragraph 2 to 1912. This story is part of AP's general news and financial services.)