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Rare Titanic menu that doubled as postcard could fetch thousands at auction

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    A second class breakfast menu that doubled as a postcard is among memorabilia from the Titanic slated to be auctioned to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

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    A second class breakfast menu that doubled as a postcard is among memorabilia from the Titanic slated to be auctioned to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

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    A VIP ticket to the Titanic's launch is among memorabilia related to the ship slated to be auctioned to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking. (Henry Aldridge and Son)

A rare second-class menu from the Titanic that doubled as a postcard is expected to fetch up to $140,000 at auction in England on Saturday. 

Auction house Henry Aldridge and Son says the breakfast menu, which survived the sinking with a crew member on the ill-fated ship, is dated April 11, 1912 and is one of only a handful of known second-class memorabilia.

The menu provides a snapshot into the food offered in second class. The dishes included Yarmouth bloaters; grilled ox; kidneys and bacon; American dry hash au gratin; grilled sausage; mashed potatoes and Vienna and Graham rolls.

The card was filled out by Jacob Gibbons, a second-class saloon steward who was rescued from a lifeboat. It reads, "S.S. Titanic, April 11th 1912. Nearing Queenstown. Good voyage up to now. Kind regards to all. J.W. Gibbons."

After Gibbons was rescued, he reportedly managed to send brief a telegram to his family that read, "Saved, well, Daddy."

The menu is expected to sell for up to $140,000 at the auction, which will also include letters, posters, postcards, a lifeboat plaque and a rare VIP ticket to Titanic's launch, according to an auction house news release.

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