Auction House Responds to Controversy Over Sale of Million-Dollar Titanic Gold Pocket Watch ⏱️💰🚢

Auction House Responds to Controversy Over Sale of Million-Dollar Titanic Gold Pocket Watch ⏱️💰🚢
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Hen­ry Aldridge & Son auc­tion house in Wilt­shire has addressed the back­lash sur­round­ing the sale of a gold pock­et watch recov­ered from the body of John Jacob Astor, the wealth­i­est pas­sen­ger aboard the ill-fat­ed Titanic. 

The 14-carat gold Waltham watch was sold for a record-break­ing £1.175 mil­lion, match­ing the high­est amount ever paid for a Titan­ic artifact.

The auc­tion house faced crit­i­cism from some Titan­ic enthu­si­asts who claimed that the watch should be dis­played in a muse­um rather than sold to a pri­vate collector. 

How­ev­er, Hen­ry Aldridge & Son defend­ed the sale, stat­ing that it was car­ried out in accor­dance with all rel­e­vant laws and regulations.

Astor, a promi­nent Amer­i­can busi­ness­man, was on the Titan­ic hon­ey­moon­ing with his new wife, Madeleine, when the ship struck an ice­berg on April 15, 1912. Astor was able to help Madeleine onto a lifeboat, but he did not sur­vive the disaster.

The gold pock­et watch, which was found on Astor’s body, is a tes­ta­ment to the lux­u­ry and opu­lence that char­ac­ter­ized the Titan­ic’s wealthy passengers. 

Its sale for a record-break­ing sum high­lights the endur­ing fas­ci­na­tion with the trag­ic sto­ry of the Titan­ic and the peo­ple who were aboard the ship on its fate­ful maid­en voyage.

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