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Titanic's last surviving cracker sells for $23,000

By Ben Hooper
Titanic's last surviving cracker sells for $23,000
This cracker, the last known to have survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, sold for $23,000 at an auction. Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & Son

DEVIZES, England, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 sold for about $23,000 at a British auction, earning it the title of "world's most valuable biscuit."

The Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker, which originated from a survival kit aboard a Titanic lifeboat, was sold for $23,000 to a Greek collector by the Henry Aldridge & Son auction house in Devizes, England.

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Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the cracker earned the nickname of "the world's most valuable biscuit."

The auction also featured a photo of the iceberg that sank the ocean liner -- taken aboard a boat that passed the site hours after the Titanic's sinking -- selling for about $32,250.

The auctioneers said the cracker was saved by James Fenwick, a passenger on the Carpathia, a ship that picked up survivors from the Titanic's sinking.

Fenwick saved the cracker in an envelope with a notation reading, "Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912."

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