A key which opened a life-jacket locker on the Titanic has been sold for £85,000 (NZ$144,000).
The locker key had belonged to third-class steward Sidney Sedunary, from Berkshire, who perished when the Titanic went down in April 1912, after hitting an iceberg.
The key had been predicted to fetch up to £50,000. However, auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said the amount the key finally sold for “reflected its importance and unique nature”.
The key was among 200 items from the Titanic that were on sale at an auction in Devizes.
The Titanic was the largest liner of its time and was said to be “unsinkable”
RMS Titanic had been four days into a week-long transatlantic crossing from Southampton to New York when the supposedly “unsinkable” ship struck an iceberg on 14 April 1912.
The ship sank less than three hours later at about 02:20 on 15 April; 1,500 passengers and crew died and 710 survived.