Family members of Titanic survivor Lady Duff Gordon are desperately trying to stop RR Auction House from selling a kimono she allegedly had on when the ship sank 100 years ago.
The silk kimono is one of 180 pieces of Titanic memorabilia that's scheduled to be auctioned off April 19-26, but the family is insisting the auction house has their facts wrong. According to them there's no way Duff Gordon could have worn it on April 14, 1912 because it was manufactured after WWI.
A rep for RR Auction house quickly dismissed the claims, saying:
"We take authenticity very seriously. This is a very controversial item ever since it’s been on the market. It is well discussed in Andrew Wilson’s new book ‘Shadow of the Titanic.’ There are about 10 pages about the kimono but it is inconclusive. We have not seen any evidence to change our experts’ minds. [Duff Gordon's family] have offered nothing to call the kimono into question. One thing that is clear is the family has been desperate to buy it back since 2007."
The silk kimono is expected to fetch anywhere between $80-$100,000 but Lady Clare Lindsay and her sister Caroline Blois swear they're not after it for the money.
Clare Lindsay went on to add the piece actually belonged to her grandmother Esme, Countess of Halsbury and "would hate for someone to buy something thinking it is one thing only to find out that it didn’t turn out to be that at all".
She has a point, but it sounds like RR Auction House is sticking to their guns on this one.
Who do U believe?!
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