Brookline, Massachusetts, The rare Titanic Deckchair is expected to fetch up to 110,000 us$ auctioned at its annual Marine Paintings, Ship Models, Scrimshaw and Ocean Liner Memorabilia Sale at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, on Sunday, 7 May 2006 by
Although hundreds of deckchairs would have been built for first class passengers to use around the Promenade Deck of RMS Titanic, the chair to be sold by Bonhams & Butterfields is one of just six examples left in the world.
The deckchair was removed from the gigantic vessel moments before she set sail from Queenstown, Cork, Ireland by local photographer Thomas Barker Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the man who took the only known photograph of Titanic passengers embarking.
The chair was admired by Barker, a senior photographer working at the time for The Cork Examiner (now The Irish Examiner), when visiting aboard the RMS Titanic at Queenstown. Shortly before the shipÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s departure Barker asked Titanic officials if he could keep it as a souvenir. Permission was granted. He had hoped to use the deckchair in his garden, but subsequent events changed his mind and he no longer wished to keep it. Barker gave the chair to his housekeeper Mrs OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien, whose family eventually brought it to England. A letter of provenance, will be sold with it.
Thomas BarkerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s claim to fame was that he was the photographer who took the well-known picture of the Irish passengers waiting to board RMS Titanic in the bow of the paddle tender Ã¢â‚¬ËœAmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, alongside the railway quay at Cork, Queenstown, Ireland. This image is unique.
The original varnish beech wood framed deckchair has a fold-out foot rest, brass fittings and incised five pointed star on the back of it. Its original cane seat has been replaced since, but Bonhams & ButterfieldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marine specialists still expect this impressive deckchair to fetch $75,000-100,000 when it is sold on 7 May.
RMS Titanic sank on the night of 14 April 1912 when she hit an iceberg in The Atlantic Ocean. Over 1500 souls perished in the disaster.