A 5,500-piece collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck, as well as photos and intellectual property, is up for auction through Guernsey’s in New York, and will be announced on April 11, the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner’s voyage. According to a court order, the items must be sold in a complete lot, not piece by piece, and the winning bidder will have to properly maintain the pieces and have them available for public display.
This porthole was most likely from a third-class cabin in the "crumple zone" on the stern, where the shell plating was warped as it was peeled off the ship's side. Because the third-class cabins were closer to the waterline and could be damaged more easily by waves, the portholes were smaller than found in the other classes. This one was found in the debris field. Courtsey of RMS Titanic Inc. Buy Photo