Titanic biscuit to fetch up to €13,600

The biscuit that survived thesinking of the Titanic.

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 £8,000 (€10,885) and £10,000 (€13,600).

The biscuit was kept by James Fenwick, 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.

“We don’t know which lifeboat the biscuit came from but there are no other Titanic lifeboat biscuits in existence to my knowledge.

“It is incredible that this biscuit has survived such a dramatic event.

“In terms of precedence, a few years ago a biscuit from one of Shackleton’s expeditions sold for about £3,000 (€4,082) and there is a biscuit from the Lusitania in an Irish museum.

“So we have put an estimate of between £8,000 and £10,000 which makes it the most valuable biscuit in the world.”

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