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The last known letter written by a doomed Titanic passenger while on board the ship is being auctioned by a British firm on Saturday.
The foreboding letter, stained by the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean, was found in a pocketbook on the body of passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson in the recovery effort after the ship's famous sinking.
Holverson's letter to his mother was dated April 13, 1912, one day before the Titanic hit the iceberg that caused it to sink and resulted in the deaths of 1,514 passengers and crew on its maiden voyage from England to New York.
It features a particularly ominous sentence.
"If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M,'' Holverson wrote.
The auction house Henry Aldridge & Son in Wiltshire expects to get between $80,000 to $100,000 for the item, according to the official listing.
"It is in my opinion it is the most important letter written on board Titanic ever to come to market,'' Andrew Aldridge told TODAY in an email. "It is exceptional on every level including content, historical context and rarity."
The letter is written on embossed stationery with the header "On board R-M-S Titanic," and makes mention of John Jacob Astor, who was the richest man in the world at the time. Astor also died in the sinking.
"Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor is on this ship,'' Holverson wrote. "He looks like any other human being even tho he has millions of money. They sit out on deck with the rest of us."
Holverson, a successful New York businessman, had been on vacation with his wife in Buenos Aires before returning to England to board the Titanic for the trip back to America. While Holverson perished, his wife was rescued.
Holverson's letter was eventually delivered to its intended recipient, his mother. The family has now decided to auction it off.
"It ranks as one of the most important items of ephemera from Titanic that have ever been offered for auction, a truly world class example of Titanic memorabilia,'' the listing reads.
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