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For sale: biscuit that survived the Titanic; 103-year-old snack up for auction.


WHAT could be the world's most valuable biscuit is to be sold at auction. The Spillers and Bakers "Pilot" biscuit survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, in which around 1,500 people died.

It was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner's lifeboats and was kept as a souvenir.

It will now go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes, Wiltshire on October 24 and is estimated to sell for between PS8,000 and PS10,000.

The biscuit was kept by James Fenwick, who was a passenger onboard the SS Carpathia, which went to the aid of survivors from the ship.

He put the sweet snack in a Kodak photographic envelope complete with the original note, which stated "Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912".

"It is the world's most valuable biscuit," auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said.

"It is incredible that this biscuit has survived such a dramatic event - the sinking of the world's largest ocean liner - costing 1,500 lives.

"In terms of precedence, a few years ago a biscuit from one of Shackleton's expeditions sold for about PS3,000 and there is a biscuit from the Lusitania in a museum in the Republic of Ireland.

"So we have put an estimate of between PS8,000 and PS10,000, which makes it the most valuable biscuit in the world."


The biscuit was part of a survival kit in a Titanic lifeboat

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2015
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