During the tragedy that occurred in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic, 92 year old Millvina Dean was only two months old. Boarded onto a lifeboat and taken to safety, Dean was aboard the fated ship with her mother an older brother, who all later journeyed home to England with a donated suitcase of clothes to rebuild their lives after being rescued. As reported by the Associated Press, Dean has decided to auction the suitcase and other rare items from the Titanic to help pay for her nursing home care.
The 92 year-old’s sacred items are anticipated to be sold for at least $5,200. Dean has been a resident of the private Woodlands Ridge nursing home for two years after a hip injury left her unable to live in her home. The rooms are reported to cost a minimum of $1,000 per week. Britain’s health care system is free, however, some private entities charge for a broader range of services and amenities.
Including Dean and her family, 706 people aboard the sinking ship survived the disaster. Dean’s father was among the more than 1,500 individuals who did not survive.