Tiny piece of hull auctions for a Titanic amount

A tiny piece of the hull from the Titanic, measuring 13 centimetres by 7 centimetres, is expected to fetch $4000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas.

The actual wreck of the Titanic is, of course, strictly protected, making portions of the ship itself virtually unavailable in the private market. This section, however, was part of the “crackage” of the great boat, which sheared away from the vessel as it broke in half, and was recovered from the ocean floor some distance from the wreck. A semicircular depression in one corner of the piece is evidence of the force with which the ship cracked, sufficient to pop a rivet completely away from the hull. It has become essentially fossilized after the bio-absorption.

by Sasha Dubronitz

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