Titanic artifacts linked to bridge officer William Murdoch to be auctioned

Andrea Divirgilio / April 8, 2012

Now that 2012 has cumulated to a very active one for various historic landmarks and celebrations, it also happens to be the 100th anniversary of the tragic Titanic crash in the Atlantic. 100 years ago, more than a thousand people lost their lives, in what was dubbed the safest and largest passenger ship of that time. Now that the event has grown to become the most documented tragedy of the 20th century, its associated memorabilia has drawing collectors and investors alike, who continue to flaunt their glory, and earn quiet a margin out of them, just like we showed in most expensive Titanic memorabilia on auction. Now, the ship’s First Officer, William Murdoch’s personal belongings are up for auction, at an event in Atlanta.

James Murdoch and his personal belongings on auction

In 1997, when James Cameron created his most piece of work till date, ‘Titanic’, the character of James Murdoch came to the forefront by the virtue of this movie. Though severely criticized for the negative portrayal of his character, the movie went on to become one of the greatest blockbusters of all time. Ever since, the extended family of Mr. Murdoch has been objecting, and had even taken legal recourse for the way he was portrayed in the 1997 movie about the ill-fated ship, and that resulted in ultimately a personal apology from the main production house of the film. However, in realty James Murdoch was known to be one of the most selfless men on board the Titanic, when he did his best to save as many people as possible, and even tried to steer away the ship from danger.

The bag, the pipe, the uniform button

Now that his character is in the limelight, people can now get a chance to own his original personal belongings. These include the uniform button, a smoking pipe, a show brush, a straight razor, and toiletries bag, which have been linked back to him. The button more so, bears his initials as well. But for aficionados of the entity called Titanic, these items are just a few from the 5,000 + odd items which will see new owners taking them from the event.

James Murdoch's belongings on display

Via: Live Auction

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