Locker key from the Titanic sells at auction for $104,000

The key belonged to Sidney Sedunary, a 23-year-old ship's steward

The liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage Wednesday, April 10, 1912. (AP photo)
The liner Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage Wednesday, April 10, 1912. (AP photo)

LONDON (AP) — A corroded iron key to a locker on the Titanic has sold at auction for 85,000 pounds ($104,000).

The key belonged to Sidney Sedunary, a 23-year-old ship’s steward. He was one of the 1,500 people who died when the state-of-the-art passenger liner stuck an iceberg and sank during its maiden voyage from England to New York.

The key, attached to a brass tag stamped “Locker 14 F Deck,” was sent to Sedunary’s pregnant widow after his body was recovered.

It had been expected to fetch 50,000 pounds in Saturday’s sale by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, western England.

Prices for Titanic artifacts have soared in recent years. In 2013, a violin believed to have been played as the doomed vessel sank sold for more than 1 million pounds.

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