Last Titanic survivor sells mementos for nursing fees

Posted Oct 17, 2008 by Kesavan Unnikrishnan
Millvina Dean, the only remaining survivor of the doomed White Star liner, Titanic is auctioning her personal mementos from the ship to pay for her nursing home fees.
Millvina Dean, who lives in the south of England was just 2 months old when disaster struck Titanic in her maiden voyage in 1912. She was wrapped in a sack and lowered into a lifeboat from the deck of the sinking ship. Dean's family was migrating to Kansas and she was the youngest survivor.
Now 96, She is staying in a nursing home in Southampton, the home port of the ill fated ship. The items to be auctioned include a suitcase full of clothes given to her family by the people of New York after her rescue, and compensation letters sent to her mother by the Titanic Relief Fund. She hopes to make $ 5,200 at an auction on Saturday in Devizes, western England.
AFP quotes her
I am not able to live in my home any more. I am selling it all now because I have to pay these nursing home fees and am selling anything that I think might fetch some money.
Mementos associated with Titanic had evoked massive interest in recent years.The last American survivor from the ship, Lillian Asplund had died in 2006. His collection of items from Titanic had fetched more than $ 150,000 at an auction last year.