The Holverson family just auctioned off a piece of their family history, which came from one of the world’s greatest heartbreaks.
As NBC News reports, the piece of history was a letter, written on Titanic “on-board” stationary and discovered after the Titanic went down.
The note was written by first class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson to his dear mother the day before the ocean liner sunk.
In the note, recovered from the pocketbook on the man’s body, he told his mother to plan on his arrival:
“If all goes well we will arrive in New York Wednesday A.M.”
According to KTLA, he also described the beauty of the ship to his mother, writing:
“This boat is giant in size and fitted up like a palatial hotel.”
Holverson, a Minnesota-born salesman, described being on board the Titanic alongside John Jacob Astor, one of the world’s richest men, telling his mom:
“John Jacob Astor is on this ship. He looks like any other human being even though he has millions of money. They sit out on deck with the rest of us.”
The Holverson family put the historical letter up for auction at an event held by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, England.
Collectors clamored to get their hands on the letter that was dated April 13, 1912. Still covered in stains from the Atlantic, it was sold for the record-setting amount of $166,000.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said:
“I’m delighted with the new world record for the Titanic letter. It reflects its status as the most important Titanic letter we have ever auctioned.”
The Titanic was traveling to New York from Southampton, England. More than 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Around 700 people survived the tragedy, including Holverson’s wife, Mary.
Watch more about Holverson’s family below.