An image of the tragic days following the sinking of the Titanic will be auctioned in London, England on October 19.
The photo, showing bodies wrapped and piled three and four high, is of a burial at sea, thought to have taken place on the cable ship, the Mackay-Bennett. Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the ship was the first to search for bodies after the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.
Henry Aldridge and Son is selling the photograph, which they estimate will go for between £3,000 [$5,000] to £5,000 [$8,350] pounds, due to its rarity. it is part of a sale of 250 pieces of Titanic memorabilia.
Andrew Aldridge said historians claim they can identify the day the photo was taken, “In the foreground, there is a body with a small canvas bag attached to it with the number 177 stencilled on it. That was to a gentleman called William Mayo, and we know William Mayo was buried at sea on the 24th of April, 1912,” he said.
The Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg 565 kilometres south of Newfoundland, killing 1,517 people.