Titanic survivor to sell off mementoes to pay medical fees

October 17th, 2008 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 17 (DPA) The last remaining survivor of the Titanic in Britain has said she is forced to sell mementoes from the ill-fated cruise liner to pay for her nursing home fees, reports said. Millvina Dean, 96, is hoping to raise more than 3,000 pounds ($5,200) from selling a suitcase full of clothes given to her family by the people of New York when they arrived in America after their rescue.

Dean is also putting up for auction rare prints of the Titanic which have been signed by the artists along with compensation letters sent to her mother by the Titanic Relief Fund.

Dean was a two-month-old baby when the ship sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912.

She moved into a private nursing home in Ashurst, in the southern English county of Hampshire, two years ago after breaking her hip, which meant she could no longer live in her own home.

“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,” she told the Southern Daily Echo newspaper. The items will be auctioned Saturday.

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