Titanic passenger’s pocket watch sells for over $50k at US auction

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A pocket watch belonging to a passenger on board the Titanic has sold for more than $50k at auction.

Anticipated to go for around $12,500, the pocket watch went above and beyond and was bought by a collector of timepieces linked to the fateful vessel for $57,500.

The watch, which was owned by Russian migrant Sinai Kantor, was sold by Heritage Auctions on Saturday, in Dallas.

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The watch is a 3 inch diameter open-face, Swiss-made pocket watch and still features the original movement.

The numerals on the dial are in Hebrew while the back cover has an embossed design showing Moses holding the Ten Commandments.

The movement, along with the hands, has nearly all rusted away with further discoloration to the dial, a result of its immersion in saltwater.

Kantor was traveling to New York with his wife, Miriam, on the Titanic in 1912. Miriam survived the sinking when she managed to secure a place in a lifeboat.

The watch was sold with a Letter of Provenance from the consignor, a descendant of Mr Kantor, along with copies of letters issued in the aftermath of the tragedy, sent to Miriam Kantor.

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