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Since I write a column in Autograph Magazine, I'm always looking out for stories that relate to that hobby.

I saw a story today about some items from the Titanic, that sold for big prices.

In 2006, a 99-year-old woman died. She was five when the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage. Her father and three siblings were among the 1,500 that didn't make it.

A British auction house sold that ticket for $65,772 the other day. That's amazing, when you think that for $5,000 you can purchase something signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Or, that you can buy a concert ticket from The Doors playing at the Fillmore, for $70. Beatles and Elvis tickets sell around that price as well.

Anyway, that survivor also had her father's pocket watch, which stopped at the exact moment the ship sank in April 1912. A Swedish collector paid over $61,000 for it.

I remember reading in a stamp magazine, that an envelope from the World Trade Centers, was half burned. It still had the cancelled stamp on it, with the date postmarked. It also showed the address of the building.

It was the only piece of mail from that event, and some stamp collector paid some huge amount for that.

It's interesting what people collect. And, what they're willing to shell out cash for.

Barry Bonds last homerun baseball, sold for over $300,000 the other day. That isn't going to be worth jack, if he doesn't make the Hall of Fame because of all the steroid accusations. Or, if he plays again, and hits another home run, making that ball no longer relevant.

But, back to the Titanic. I went to a party at director James Cameron's house last weekend. Look for details in the next Crasher column.

I'm thinking I should've swiped something from his home, and put it on eBay. Maybe a stopwatched used in the Titanic movie.

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I just saw on one auction site...a letter from Gloria Stuart, who played old Rose, in the Titanic film. It had an opening bid of $10. And, nobody had bid on it. Funny.

April 26, 2008

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