Jan 082012

A 17-ton section of RMS Titanic recovered from the ocean floor , along with the 5,000 other artifacts, will be auctioned .

(from the LA Times) – A century after the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank to the floor of the Atlantic, more than 5,000 artifacts plucked from the wreckage will be sold at auction, but bidders beware: The collection has been appraised at $189 million and must be sold in one chunk.

That means if you have your eye on only the delicate diamond bracelet, or the 17-ton slab of hull from the doomed passenger ship, you’re out of luck, auctioneer Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey’s Auction House in Manhattan said Thursday as he announced plans for the sale. It will be held April 11 to coincide with the Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City.

Read the entire LA Times story here.

Titanic Museum Attraction

Edmund Stone's master key to Titanic's First Class Suites (on display at Titanic Museum Attraction).

If you want to see actual Titanic artifacts for slightly less than $189 million (more like $22), visit the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge.  You’ll see more than 400 actual artifacts while you walk through a full-size, 100-percent recreation of various parts of the world’s most famous luxury liner.  Walk the Grand Staircase, tour first class suites, walk third-class hallways and rooms, and see the Captain’s Bridge (all built from actual Titanic blueprints so they are identical to what the passengers on RMS Titanic experienced).

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