Can you believe that nothing more than a piece of rusty old tat in the form of a key from the Titanic has just been sold for an amazing £85,000!! That’s $103,959.25!! The people who sold it were expecting it to fetch in the region of £50,000, so even they were taken by surprise.
There’s a couple of points I’d like to raise and no, one of them isn’t the Titanic itself although for that kind of money they should have been able to bring it back to the surface and restore it to its full glory.
The first point is how do they know it’s a genuine key from the ship? It could be any key that old Uncle George kept in a biscuit tin under his bed for all we know. Maybe it was a little more modern and someone left it to soak in a tub of cold water so it would rust. It wouldn’t take long. Come to think of it, if it’s the genuine article and it’s been lying at the bottom of the Atlantic for over 100 years then you would have thought it would have rotted away altogether.
At the end of the day, this key is still a piece of rusty old tat.
My second point is, in this day and age of austerity, it seems unreal that someone has a vast amount of money to pay for such a piece of tat. I don’t mean to offend anyone, I realise that the person in charge of this key gave his life along with all the others that perished on that ill fated maiden voyage, but at the end of the day, this key is still a piece of rusty old tat.
I wonder what the buyer will do with it? You can bet your life that if he has a garden shed, at some point he’s going to get the key mixed up and then it will be gone forever. I think someone somewhere is having a laugh and is probably saying something along the lines of, ‘ere, George, you remember that rusty old key I had that secured the onions in that tin from the allotment? Well, I put a label on it and said it was from the Titanic and someone’s only gone and splashed out a fortune for it!!! Hahahah’
You can read about the auction at the BBC news site