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Auction Watch: A luncheon menu on the occasion of the launch of the Titanic, May 31st 1911


Update: The Luncheon menu sold for £12,500 ($20,200).

Got a few thousand to spare for an interesting menu? Next week the London auction house Bonham's is auctioning this lunch menu that celebrated the launch in Belfast of the Titanic. The estimated price is £10,000 - 15,000 or U$ 16,000 - 24,000 and no doubt Titaniacs, as the people who are obsessed with the story of the doomed liner are called,  will be bidding on it. Boy, they ate a lot in those days. The 12 course luncheon, held on the day of the launch on May 31, 1911, was one of several celebratory events for VIP guests. To see what they ate, scroll down.


The menu, written in French as was the custom of the time, includes eggs stuffed with foie gras, turtle soup, fried sole, sweetbreads, roast fillet of beef with new potatoes and green beans, York ham with spinach, a palate cleanser of 'Ponche a la Romaine' (a punch of lemon water ice, meringue, champagne and rum), Sussex capon and asparagus washed down with Liebfraumilch, Chateau Larose 1888 and vintage Ruinart champagne. 

Bonhams





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