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MESSAGE TO RESCUE SHIP OF TITANIC IS AUCTIONED

A wireless message relayed to a ship rescuing survivors from the Titanic -- and sent by Guglielmo Marconi, creator of wireless radio -- was sold for $4,563 Thursday at a British auction house.

The Marconigram, asking for news of the 1912 disaster, was relayed from New York to the SS Carpathia as members of her crew plucked survivors from the Atlantic Ocean.

Transcribed in pencil, a Marconigram is transmitted by a wireless system designed by Marconi, known as the father of radio.

The message Marconi sent to the Carpathia asked for news of the rescue operation, "or if this impossible ask Capt. to give reason why no news allowed to be transmitted."

Auctioneer Chris Albury at the Dominic Walter auction house in Swindon, west of London, said the message was sold to an anonymous American collector.

The Carpathia picked up 705 Titanic survivors after the luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank 300 miles southeast of Newfoundland on April 15, 1912.

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