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Small Corroded Locker Key from Titanic Fetches £85,000 at Auction

Sidney Sedunary, from Shirley, Southampton used the key, a third-class steward who lost his life in the tragedy

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October 25, 2016:  Titanic reminds us of one of the most deadly maritime disasters in the modern history. A British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg killing more than 1500 people on April 15, 1912.

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On Saturday, Titanic memorabilia specialist, Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire, sold some priceless items from the same doomed vessel at auction.

According to Press Association, “A small, corroded key for a locker on the Titanic has sold for £85,000 at auction.”

Sidney Sedunary, from Shirley, Southampton used the key, a third-class steward who lost his life in the tragedy.

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“The key, which is attached to a brass tag stamped Locker 14 F Deck, is believed to show Mr. Sedunary was on the F Deck the night the Titanic sank – despite the deck being flooded.”

The key was sent to his wife after his body was recovered and it remained with the family until this sale.

Other items included a postcard written by Jack Phillips, the ship’s chief wireless operator; it is sold for £19,000.

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Charles Lightoller, ship’s second officer’s letter fetched £34,000 at auction which says about his parting moments with the ship’s assistant surgeon, Dr. John Simpson.

“They were all perfectly calm in the knowledge that they had done their duty and were still assisting by showing a calm and cool exterior to the passengers. Each one individually came up to me and shook hands. We merely exchanged the words ‘goodbye, old man’. This occurred shortly before the end and I am not aware that he was seen by anyone after.”

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  • Antara

    The Titanic keeps stunning the world! A handsome price indeed, for a key from the famous ship!

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)