Nargeolet, 74, who served in the French Navy for 25 years, is responsible for recovering many of the thousands of items from the Titanic that became part of traveling exhibitions mounted by Atlanta company Premier Exhibitions.
Unlike the Titanic, he said, the wreck of the Carpathia was in terrible shape, damaged not just by torpedoes but by fishermen who trawled the area. “A wreck is very often a house for the fish,” he said, speaking from his Connecticut home.
In 2000 the wreck was discovered about 200 miles off the coast of France by novelist Clive Cussler and his nonprofit organization, NUMA. Nargeolet directed the salvage operation in 2007.
Some 94 lots of artifacts from the Carpathia will be up for auction Friday morning, including three telegraphs, glassware and portholes.
Other items among the 1,000 lots that will be auctioned Friday through Sunday:
B.B. King made the Gibson ES-355 famous as his preferred model, the guitar that he always called "Lucille." Ahlers & Ogletree’s auctions
B.B. King’s guitar
Auction house co-owner Robert Ahlers said the blues giant recorded a jingle for Toys R Us on this ebony Gibson semi-hollow body, one of many “Lucilles” that he has played, and at the end of the studio session, gave the guitar to a Toys R Us executive.
The guitar is signed by King and bears the “Lucille” inlay in the headstock.
Bobby Jones "shag bag" was used to gather up golf balls that he hit at the practice tee. Courtesy Ahlers & Ogletree’s auctions
Bobby Jones’ “shag bag”
Ahlers said in the spring of 1953 his client observed Jones hitting golf balls from the practice tee at a north Atlanta golf course. “Bob had his crutches leaning on a chair close to where I was standing. When he noticed me, he stopped, smiled, and greeted me by name,” wrote the client. Jones was already ailing from the spinal disorder that would take his life in 1971.
The client’s account continued:
After all were hit, the caddie gathered the balls into Bob’s shag bag, walked back to the tee, and handed the bag to Bob. I was astonished by what happened next: Bob turned to me, held out the full bag, and said, “I will not need this anymore. I want you to have it.”
A landscape by Jasper F. Cropsey is among 100 lots of artwork and collectibles from the estate of Jonathan Westervelt "Jack" Warner up for auction this weekend. Courtesy: Ahlers & Ogletree’s auctions
Items from the estate of Jonathan Westervelt “Jack” Warner
Jack Warner was a pulp and paper magnate from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who built one of the largest collections of American art in the country.
Some 100 lots of artwork and items from his estate will be up for auction this weekend, including a landscape by Jasper F. Cropsey.
A Collector’s Dream Auction to Start 2021
Ahlers & Ogletree will auction more than 1,000 lots of art, antiques and collectibles through live, telephone and online bids.
Begins 10 a.m. Jan. 15-17; 700 Miami Circle, Atlanta. 404-869-2478, aandoauctions.com/en-US.