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For many of us, the subject of the Titanic only conjures up images from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster of the same name. But instead of Leonardo DiCaprio freezing his balls off or Kate Winslet spreading her arms, there’s another visual you should get familiar with involving the doomed cruise ship. It’s a photograph that supposedly shows the very iceberg that sank the Titanic, and it’s about to be auctioned off for a hefty sum.
Seen above, the photo is being auctioned off along with a note written by the ship steward that took it. Both items are being put out there by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Great Britain on Saturday, October 24. They’ve got presale estimates ranking in around $15,400-$23,200, according to Fox, which isn’t shabby at all for a photograph. (Think about how many pictures are on your phone right now, and which ones could ever bring in that much money one day.) Apparently the firm representing the Titanic’s owners – Burlington, Montgomery & Beecher – was sent the photograph by Hamburg American Lines not long after the ship sunk. And probably not much postage went into that. One century later, the shot could bring in enough money to pay for over 40,000 stamps, give or take.
The picture was taken by the steward of the ocean liner Prinz Adalbert on the morning after the Titanic sank, although he wasn’t aware that had happened at the time. The reason why people think this is the iceberg that essentially sunk the Titanic is due to the berg’s description in the letter that was written.
On the day after the sinking of the Titanic, the steamer Prinz Adalbert passes the iceberg shown in this photograph. The Titanic disaster was not yet known by us. On one side red paint was plainly visible, which has the appearance of having been made by the scraping of a vessel on the iceberg. SS Prinz Adalbert Hamburg America Line.
While a photo of this sort is definitely valuable to someone even without being a potential piece of history, the thing that makes it a must-have is directly tied to it being important. And while some people are fine with accepting that this could be a pic of the fateful water formation, there are those that don’t believe it’s legit. The arguments for it say that the Titanic’s paint could easily have scraped off and been left on the iceberg, although it’s noted that someone would have had to see it relatively soon afterward, as water and weather likely wouldn’t allow it to stay for long. But if the picture was taken, the next morning, that’s probably soon enough.
How much would you guys pay for a shot of the iceberg that sank the unsinkable?