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Titanic Door Frame That Kept Rose Alive Sells for $700,000

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Titanic door frame sold for more than $70,000 at an auction. Credit: Heritage Auctions

A significant piece of history from the movie Titanic, the “door” that played an important role in the film, has been sold at auction. This particular piece of wood, which saved Kate Winslet’s character Rose but resulted in the demise of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack, has fetched $718,750.

The auction, hosted by Heritage Auctions as part of their Treasures from Planet Hollywood event, saw this item surpass other famous props like Indiana Jones’ bullwhip from Temple of Doom and Jack Nicholson’s ax from The Shining.

Although commonly referred to as a door, the auction noted that this item was actually a part of the ornate structure just above the ship’s first-class lounge entrance.

The door made of balsa wood with floral accents

The door is made of balsa wood and intricately crafted with beautiful floral designs and elegant curves, similar to the rococo architecture style. The design closely resembles the famous Louis XV-style panel displayed at the Maritime Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Director James Cameron drew inspiration from his visits to the museum while researching for the film. He wanted to recreate a similar piece of debris to depict the emotional final moments of Jack and Rose, according to Heritage Auctions.

Experts believe the original oak panel represents the exact spot where the Titanic split in two during the tragic sinking in 1912. As the ship went down, it’s thought that this panel floated to the surface along with other wreckage in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The famous prop has sparked lively discussions among fans of the movie, with many debating whether the floating wood panel could have actually supported both Jack and Rose. Some argue Jack’s decision to stay in the icy water was unnecessary if they could have both fit on the panel.

To address these debates, James Cameron conducted a scientific study to demonstrate that the plot point was more than just a storytelling device.

The prop itself measures around 8 feet long and 41 inches wide at its widest point, with the back reinforced with hardwood for strength and stability, according to Heritage Auctions.

Most expensive item sold during the auction event

Among the Hollywood treasures up for grabs at the auction, including Tobey Maguire’s black suit from Spider-Man 3, which fetched $125,000, and Harrison Ford’s whip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, valued at $525,000, it was Rose’s door from Titanic that was valued the most.

Despite the stiff competition from other iconic memorabilia, Rose’s door emerged as the priciest item of the event, as reported by Collider.

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