If you’re looking to buy a Christmas present for someone who collects historic photographs or Titanic memorabilia and you have $10,000 to spare, you might want to take part American auction house RR Auction’s event from 13 to 16 December 2012.
The only suspected photograph taken of the iceberg that sunk the Titanic is due to be sold via RR Auction and is expected to fetch up to $10,000. The original 9.75 x 8 photograph affixed to a 13 x 11 mount is purportedly in good condition. Written on the front of the photograph is:
“Copyright. Blueberg taken by Captain W. F. Wood S. S. Etonian on 12/4/12 in Lat 41° 50 N Long 50° W. Titanic struck 14/4/12 and sank in three hours.”
The photographer was one Captain W. F. Wood, who was aboard a steamer called the S. S. Etonian and captured this picture two days prior to the sinking of the Titanic. If you’re wondering what ‘blueberg’ means, this refers to the tinting of an iceberg from the sun’s rays.
Although it has not been confirmed that this iceberg is in fact the one that caused the death of around 1,500 people abroad the Titanic, experts believe it to be the same for a number of reasons: the iceberg in the picture was taken at a location two to three days away from where the ship sank; the shape of the iceberg matched the sketches given by survivors of the incident; and lastly, its shape is similar to that of another photograph of an iceberg taken the day after the catastrophe from a ship called Prinz Adalbert, which was in the area.
Although the shape of the iceberg in these two pictures does differ, RR Auction has stated that this could be “attributable to the angle of the photographer and the aftermath of the impact.”
The photograph is likely to fetch a high price, however it is by no means likely to be a recording-breaking sale; the most expensive photograph ever sold was ‘Rhine II’ by Andreas Gursky. The photograph sold for more than $4.3 million.
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