The Titanic took more than 1,500 lives when it hit an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912. One can only wish it never happened, but it did. Now it is believed that the ship’s captain haunts a mirror to remind the living of this tragic piece of history.
Titanic Captain’s Haunted Mirror Up for Auction
The 110-year-old mirror once belonged to Capt. Edward John Smith, who placed it on a dressing table in his home in Stroke-on-Trent, England, just before he sailed the infamous Titanic in 1912.
Following his death, the mirror was handed to his servant Ethelwynne as a memento and payment for her service. But the maid only grew terrified and claimed that she could see the captain’s ghost in it on the anniversary of the Titanic tragedy.
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Since then, the haunted mirror was ceded to Ethelwynne’s relatives until it wound up in the possession of the current owner, David Smith, who locked it in a vault for five years.
In late 2018, Smith decided to put the ghostly mirror up for auction in Staffordshire, England, just months away from the next anniversary of the ship’s end. Whoever buys the artifact will have it in time to test if the legend of the captain’s ghost possessing the mirror is true.
Experts say that the haunted mirror is expected to make at least $13,000, given its antiquity and close connection to Titanic.
On December 12, 2018, the captain’s mirror was finally placed for auction at the Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Fine and Decorative Arts Sale. Now Zak Bagans, a paranormal expert, keeps the artifact at his museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with other haunted objects including the equally terrifying dybbuk box.
Bagans received the package with a letter of authenticity from 1922. The letter was penned by Hilda, claiming that her sister-in-law, Ethelwynne, saw the dead captain’s face in the mirror.
To date, the paranormal expert has not revealed how much he paid for the Titanic captain’s haunted mirror.