Thousands of Titanic Artifacts Set for Auction
But you'll need about $200 million
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 29, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Third-class china used by passengers and the crew, part of the artifacts collection of the Titanic, is shown.   (AP Photo/Stanley Leary, File)
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(Newser) – Titanic enthusiasts will soon have a chance to get their hands on a piece—or more accurately, 5,500 pieces—of history. The owner of the biggest collection of artifacts from the ship is preparing to sell the $189 million worth of items next year, the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, the AP reports. Among the rescued objects are fine china and pieces of the ship itself. But following a judge's ruling, the items can't be sold separately: The collection is going as a unit.

The auction, run by Guernsey's of New York, begins April 1, with results to be announced April 15, the date of the disaster. The judge's decision also states that "present and future generations" must have access to the items "for public display and exhibition" as well as research and "educational purposes." Scientists are also eventually due to unveil new images of the ship following 3D photography of its underwater stern.