Large-scale plan of Titanic sells for $363,000

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LONDON (AP) -- A large-scale plan of the Titanic, prepared for the official inquiry into the ship's sinking, has fetched 220,000 pounds ($363,000) in a British auction.

The sale price beat expectations for the 32.5-foot-long (9.9-meter) cross-section of the ship.

Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers had estimated it could fetch between 100,000 and 150,00 pounds at the sale in Devizes in southern England on Saturday.

The auction house said Sunday the plan was sold by an anonymous collector to a private collector.

The ship sank on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage. About 1,500 people died. The official inquiry opened on May 2, 1912, and nearly 100 witnesses testified during 36 days of hearings.