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Silk Kimono Goes for $75,000 at Titanic Memorabilia Sale

The garment that was said to have been worn by Lady Duff Gordon when she escaped the Titanic was among the five top sellers at the auction.

TITANIC SALE: The disputable silk kimono that was said to have been worn by Lady Duff Gordon when she escaped the Titanic sold Thursday for $75,205. “An anonymous international collector who was very well-versed about the controversy bought it,” said Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction, which conducted the sale of Titanic memorabilia. The item was among the five top sellers, with a letter penned by the ship’s heroic bandleader Wallace Hartley that sold for $154,974 being the standout.

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Livingston said Friday he was not at liberty to say what the buyer’s plans for the kimono are and whether it will be displayed publicly.

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Before the auction, family members of Gordon challenged the Amherst, N.H., auction house’s claim that she wore the garment in a lifeboat after the doomed vessel went down and later aboard the RMS Carpathia. Gordon was an established fashion designer who created collections under the Lucile label.

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