Photo of family lost in Titanic tragedy sells for $2,800 at auction

Irish widow and her five young sons who perished in the Titanic disaster

A family portrait of a Westmeath mother and her five sons, who perished in the Titanic, fetched €2,200 ($2,862) at an auction on Wednesday, in Dublin, according to the Irish Times.

Margaret Rice (39), a widow, and her sons Albert (10), George (8), Eric (7), Arthur (4) and Eugene (2), who had lived in Athlone, all died en route to the U.S. when the Belfast ship sank on April 15, 1912.

The sepia colored photograph was sold by the widow’s descendants and was bought by a telephone bidder.
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Other items sold at the auction included an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation, which sold for €55,000 ($71,566).

A collection of typewritten letters signed by Michael Collins, as the minister for finance, sold for €14,000 ($18,000) and a previously unpublished letter written by Lady Lavery about Michael
Collins, in which she praised his “dignity, pride, wisdom, a wonderful beauty of character and qualities of statesmanship that only a few had begun to recognise”, sold for €2,000 ($2,602).

The auction, which was conducted by Mealy’s auctioneers included other items relating to the
Titanic. A poster signed by English woman Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking, who died in 2009, sold for €1,000 ($1,301).

The auction generated more than €500,000 ($650,600), according to Mealy’s, who said that the market for historical memorabilia in Ireland was “very buoyant”.