Titanic artifacts collection set to be sold

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Artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Titanic are set to be sold for what is expected to net $189 million by Premier Exhibitions, the company that holds the salvage rights to the doomed ocean liner.

The wreck, discovered by explorer Robert Ballard in 1985, has yielded more than 5,500 artifacts for Premier, which has made eight expeditions to the ship since 1987.

The exhibition items range from delicate porcelain dishes and silver cutlery to a 17-ton section of the hull, complete with portholes, pulled from the Atlantic seabed where the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 100 years ago with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

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