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Titanic postcard fails to sell at auction
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 3, 2018 12:01AM

One of the few postcards mailed from the Titanic went up for auction July 18 at Warwick & Warwick Auctioneers in England, and was expected to fetch at least £20,000 (about $26,350)

The postcard (pictured, courtesy of Warwick & Warwick) was mailed by maid Sarah Daniels to her friend, Ellen “Nell” Green. “I wish you were here, it is a lovely boat & it would do you good,” she wrote. “Am just going on deck.” Ralph “John” Wilkes, and his brother, Stephen, submitted the item for auction; Ellen Green was their grandmother’s cousin.

The card didn’t sell July 18, but a private collector bought it July 23 for £8,600 (about $11, 275), according to The Warwick Courier ( — less than half of its original estimated value.

Incidentally, Sarah Daniels was a Titanic survivor, along with pregnant Madeline Astor, wife of John Jacob Astor IV. He was not as fortunate, and went down with the ship.


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