Titanic lifejacket may fetch 50,000 pounds or more

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LONDON -- A life jacket worn by a survivor from the Titanic is expected to fetch £50,000-£80,000 when it is auctioned at Christie’s in London on May 16.

The jacket was worn by Mabel Francatelli, secretary to the socialite Lucy Duff-Gordon, who was with her husband, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon.

All three escaped in a lifeboat, designed to hold 40, with only nine others, seven of them crew. Sir Cosmo was accused of bribing the men to help them escape.

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