Photo Of 'Iceberg That Sank Titanic' Is Sold

Photo Of 'Iceberg That Sank Titanic' Is Sold

A "remarkable" photograph purportedly of the iceberg which sank the Titanic has sold at auction for £21,000.

And a Spillers and Bakers "Pilot" biscuit which was on board a lifeboat was bought for £15,000.

The grainy iceberg picture, which was expected to fetch more than £10,000, was taken on the morning of 15 April, 1912, several hours after the historic collision that happened just before midnight.

Auctioneers said the original image was captured by the chief steward of the steamer Prinz Adalbert which passed the iceberg.

There was reportedly red paint on one side of the iceberg, suggesting it was scraped by a ship.

The Titanic sank just over two hours after the collision with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Meanwhile, a cup presented by Titanic survivor Margaret Brown to Sir Arthur Rostron, the captain of rescue ship Carpathia, has sold for £130,000 at the same auction organised by Henry Aldridge & Son in Wiltshire.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told Sky News: "The prices reflect the eternal interest in the Titanic story and the iconic nature of the objects concerned."

The cup was the third most expensive Titanic-related artefact ever sold after a violin went for £1m in 2013 and a 32ft-long plan of the ship from the British Titanic inquiry was sold for £220,000 in 2011.

The cup had been expected to go for more than £50,000.

The American socialite Margaret Brown, who later famously became known as the "unsinkable Molly Brown", survived the sinking which happened during its maiden voyage to New York from Southampton.

Ms Brown presented the sterling silver cup to Sir Arthur Henry Rostron in a ceremony in New York the following month.

He and his crew rescued 705 Titanic survivors. Brown was on one of the last lifeboats to reach his ship.