captain Edward John Smith

Titanic captain's $40,000 cigar box beats estimate at Liverpool auction

Captain Smith's cigar box made £25,000

From Paul Fraser Collectibles

The power of Titanic collectibles is again in evidence, this time at Cato Crane.

A cigar box that once belonged to the captain of the Titanic has sold for £25,000 in Liverpool.

Bearing the mark of the White Star Line shipping company and the initials of captain Edward John Smith, the box far surpassed its £20,000 high end estimate at Cato Crane Auctioneers.

The walnut box incorporates a cigar cutter and locking mechanism.

It is unknown how it made its return to the UK. Captain Smith went down with his ship on the fateful voyage in April 1912, just six days after guiding it out of Southampton docks.

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