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RR Auction in New Hampshire announces its Titanic 100th anniversary auction
An original deck chair that once graced the decks of R.M.S. Titanic.
AMHERST, NH.- RR Auction is offering the public the opportunity to bid on a vast array of recovered relics and signed memorabilia relating to one of the grandest—and most infamous—vessels to ever succumb to the sea. These surviving items convey the astonishing legacy of not only the ship that epitomized the very meaning of opulence, luxury, and stability in the early 20th century, but her passengers as well; the individuals whose names would forever became synonymous with the most devastating peacetime maritime disaster in history.

Among the other museum quality pieces to be featured:

· Last known letter from Titanic's heroic bandleader

· An original fragment of the Titanic’s aft grand staircase; which was within frightening proximity of the exact location the ship broke in two.

· An 18 karat gold collar stud: recovered from the body of first class passenger, Austin Partner, and returned to his family.

· A nostalgic locket; recovered from the body of George Dunton Widener’s valet, Edward Herbert Keeping, within weeks of the tragedy

· Rare pay slip from a surviving crewman; for his six days of service aboard the Titanic.

Locket recovered from millionaire George Dunton Widener’s valet up at auction
Mr. and Mrs. George Dunton Widener from Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg, France, with their son, Harry Elkins Widener, Mr. Widener's man servant, Edward (a/k/a Edwin) Herbert Keeping, and Mrs. Widener’s maid, Amalie Henriette Gieger. They had been in Paris with their servants searching for a chef for Widener’s new Philadelphia hotel, the Ritz Carlton.

While Mrs. Widener and her maid were saved, the Widener men as well as Keeping died during one of the largest maritime disasters in history.

An original locket among Keeping’s personal effects recovered from RMS Titanic tragedy will be featured in an upcoming Titanic auction, from New Hampshire based RR Auction in April.

The beautiful locket containing two photographs, one of his wife and the other of their daughter and was officially recorded by the provincial coroner of Nova Scotia before it was returned to his wife.

Keeping was 33 years old. His body, the 45th to be recovered by the chartered cable ship Mackay-Bennett.

Keeping’s wife replaced her daughter’s water damaged portrait with one of her husband and the locket has remained in Keeping’s family continuously until the present.

He had met his wife, Karin Johansson, who was from Sweden while they were both working for the Wideners as servants at the Widener estate. Johansson was home in Pennsylvania attending to their 3 year-old daughter when the disaster occurred.

“It represents one of the most impressive artifacts with direct ties to the Titanic, says Bobby Livingston, VP at RR Auction, “The rarity and beauty of this striking and poignant locket cannot be overstated.”

Original material relating to the Widener party on board Titanic is practically nonexistent as all three men were lost.





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