Last Titanic survivor selling mementoes from doomed liner to pay for care

October 17th, 2008 - 5:37 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, October 17 (ANI): The last survivor of the Titanic disaster is auctioning items that are related to the doomed voyage, for raising money to pay her nursing home fees.
Millvina Dean, 96, who was just two when the Titanic disaster took place in 1912, expects her belongings to fetch about 7600 dollars.
The items she is selling include a 100-year-old suitcase filled with clothes given to her family by the people of New York, after they arrived there following the catastrophe.
Millvina revealed that she had been staying in a nursing home for the last two years.
“I was hoping to be here for two weeks after breaking my hip but I developed an infection and have been here for two years. I am not able to live in my home any more,”” quoted her as telling the Southern Daily Echo newspaper.
“I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money.
“The fees are quite expensive. The more money I can get from the auction the better,”” she added.
Millvinas family were emigrating to Kansas aboard the doomed liner. She was the youngest survivor, rescued along with her baby brother and mother Eva, although her father died.
The auction of her belongings will be held on Saturday at Henry Aldridge and Son auctioneers in the town of Devizes, southwest England. (ANI)

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