103-year-old cookie ‘eaten’


An English biscuit which survived the Titanic sold to a Greek collector for $23,000

An English emergency/ sustenance cracker, which was part of a survival kit on one of the Titanic lifeboats went for $32,200.

The plain yet of historical value cookie which came with a photograph purported to show the iceberg that caused the historic collision, has been dubbed the “most valuable biscuit in the world” by Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes in Wiltshire.

The 3.5 inches square Spillers and Bakers snack, had been kept intact in a Kodak film envelope by Fenwick along with the following notation: “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912.”

“It is the world’s most valuable biscuit,” Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told The Salisbury Journal admitting it fetched $8,000 more than was expected when bought by a collector in Greece.

“We don’t know which lifeboat the biscuit came from but there are no other Titanic lifeboat biscuits in existence to my knowledge.”
“I couldn’t imagine anything less appetizing, but if you’re in a rowing boat in the middle of the ocean, you’d certainly eat it with the rest of them,” Aldridge continued.

He explained that the cracker has survived all these years because it’s similar in composition to a hot cross bun.

“If you get one of those and leave it out, it will dry and it will fossilise. If you left a slice of bread out, it would go green and start to rot, but hot cross buns don’t, and neither do these biscuits.”

Source: BBC News, Salisbury Journal

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