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Titanic’s Rose Saving ‘Door’ Prop Sells For $718,750

The piece of wood that helped keep Titanic’s Rose afloat has fetched a hefty sum of $718,750 (£569,739) at an auction.

Since the debut of the 1997 film, enthusiasts have pondered whether the board was sizable enough to accommodate her love interest Jack as well, potentially sparing him from a frigid demise.

The auction listing pointed out that the prop “has sparked considerable debate among fans.”

This transaction took place amidst an auction of various props and costumes owned by the restaurant and resort chain Planet Hollywood.

In the cinematic sensation, the character Jack, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, argues that the panel—part of a door frame—could only accommodate his paramour Rose, played by Kate Winslet. Tragically, Jack succumbs to the freezing waters of the Atlantic, his body slipping into the abyss.

In a 2012 episode of Mythbusters, Titanic director James Cameron disclosed that he receives numerous emails daily criticizing Rose as “selfish” and labeling Jack as an “idiot” due to the scene.

Nonetheless, Cameron definitively settled the dispute by asserting that Jack’s demise was essential to the storyline.

“Perhaps we erred, and the board should have been slightly smaller, but the man is going under,” he remarked.

The prop, often misinterpreted as a door, was actually fashioned from a complete piece of wreckage salvaged from the 1912 disaster, according to Heritage Auctions, the auctioneer.

Addressing the ongoing speculation regarding the board’s capacity, the listing specifies: “The prop measures approx. 8′ long (2.4m) and 41″ (1m) wide.”

Among other notable items featured in the auction were the whip from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which fetched $525,000.

A Spider-Man suit worn by Toby Maguire sold for $125,000, while an axe wielded by Jack Nicholson in The Shining to break through a bathroom door while famously declaring “Here’s Johnny!” commanded the same price.

The auction, concluding on Sunday evening, amassed a total of $15.68 million, marking it as one of the most successful sales of a prop and costume collection, according to Heritage Auctions.

“There were numerous bidding wars—so many that we lost count,” remarked Joseph Maddalena of Heritage Auctions.

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