Did you know that the first Titanic film featured a real Titanic survivor? And, unlike the ship, the film is unlikely to be seen again. We’ll look at some of the most intriguing and precious items of lost treasure in this post. We’ll be examining the extraordinary and heartbreaking stories of goods that seem to have vanished forever, from lost pieces of media to genuine pirate booty.
Saved From The Titanic
There was Saved From the Titanic long before James Cameron’s film entered theatres in 1997. Despite the fact that reviewers thought it was way too soon, this silent film from 1912 was released barely one month after the ship sank.
It starred Dorothy Gibson, a 22-year-old model, and actress who had boarded the doomed ocean liner after a European holiday. After the Titanic collided with an iceberg on April 14, Gibson was one of nearly 700 individuals on board who escaped via lifeboat. Almost immediately after her return home, her survival story became Hollywood fodder.
The movie allegedly combined authentic footage of Titanic Captain Edward Smith and the ship’s launch with a newly recorded Gibson performance. The actress even dressed in the same clothes as the night of the disaster.
In 1912, the film Saved From the Titanic was a box office triumph, but current audiences will never watch the original Titanic picture. The only known print was destroyed in a studio fire two years after it was released. Today, there are at least a dozen films based on the Titanic saga, but none of them feature real-life Titanic survivors.
La Circassienne au Bain
While many priceless things have been retrieved from the Titanic’s wreckage, some of the ship’s physical riches have been lost forever. The painting ‘La Circassienne au Bain’ by Merry-Joseph Blondel is one example.
The oil painting was brought onto the ship by Mauritz Hkan Björnström-Stefansson, the son of a Swedish pulp baron, which was apparently a thing, in 1912. Despite his survival, Björnström-Steffansson was unable to save his favorite property. He would later sue the White Star Line for $100,000, which is almost $2 million today.
If the masterpiece is truly worth that much, it will be the most valuable treasure lost in the calamity. While the picture itself may be lost, an artist working under the pseudonym John Parker was able to undertake research and produce a replica of it in the early 2010s.
The Story of the Kelly Gang
The Story of the Kelly Gang was the longest film ever seen when it opened in 1906. Though versions differ, it is thought to have lasted roughly 60 minutes, making it the world’s first feature-length film. It was made in Australia and chronicled Australia’s iconic outlaw Ned Kelly, and it was well-received by reviewers and moviegoers alike.
The Story of the Kelly Gang, like many silent films, is now considered lost: no full copies are known to exist today, but a few clips have survived. A few minutes of tape was discovered beneath a bed in an abandoned house in 1979, and another film fragment was unearthed from a landfill a few years later.
The most significant find was made in the mid-2000s when many extra minutes were discovered in the British Film Institute’s archives. In 2007, the incomplete film was put together and released on DVD. Though it contains several exciting situations, viewers who are accustomed to Hollywood’s three-act structure may be confused.
Missing Fabergé eggs
The story of the missing Fabergé eggs is one of the numerous mysteries surrounding the Romanovs. Gifting bejeweled eggs manufactured by the House of Fabergé jewelry enterprise became an Easter tradition for imperial Russia’s royal family in the late 19th century.
The czar’s Alexander III and Nicholas II each commissioned 50 of the priceless trinkets. The Fabergé eggs were seized from the palace and transferred to the Kremlin in Moscow after the Bolshevik Revolution in February 1917.
Many of the imperial eggs were later sold to raise revenue for the Russian government, and the locations of seven imperial eggs remain unknown to this day.
It’s likely that the current owners are unaware that they are in possession of a valuable piece of history. A junk dealer bought a sapphire-and-diamond-encrusted golden egg for $13,302 at an antique sale a few years ago. He ultimately discovered it was one of the first Romanov eggs, worth $33 million.
The Mountain Eagle
Few filmographies are as well-known as Alfred Hitchcock’s, but one of his films is almost never shown at film schools. His second picture, The Mountain Eagle, a silent drama, was not saved in the years after its premiere in 1926.
But Hitchcock wasn’t too upset: he reportedly told François Truffaut that the film wasn’t his best and that he was relieved it had been destroyed. Despite the fact that it was probably not on par with his later blockbusters like Psycho and Vertigo, cinephiles see The Mountain Eagle as a buried treasure.
The Royal Casket Contents
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Izabela Czartoryska, a Polish princess, was noted for amassing valuable items. She established Poland’s first museum, the Czartoryski Museum, in Krakow, which is still operational today. The location of her most famous artifacts, on the other hand, is unknown.
The princess amassed a collection of valuable antiques from the Polish royal line around 1800. There were 73 objects in the memory chest, including an ivory box from King John III and excellent timepieces from numerous Polish monarchs. The contents of the Royal Casket were looted during the Nazi occupation of Poland in World War II, and their locations are unknown today.
Amaro Pargo Treasure
Amaro Pargo, a Spanish pirate, is known for his missing wealth. When he died in 1747, he left a bequest to his niece, bequeathing a fortune in gold, silver, and precious stones. However, she was most likely unappreciative of the gesture.
Because Amaro didn’t indicate where his wealth was hidden, his niece was never able to claim her inheritance. Since then, a number of locations have been pillaged by persons intending to profit from Amaro’s treasure.
His former home in Spain, as well as the cave he utilized as a hideaway, are both famous haunts for treasure hunters, however, the prize has never been found. A beloved Sesame Street program aired only once before being permanently removed from the broadcast.
The Flor de La Mar Riches
In 1512, the Flor de La Mar sunk to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, bringing with it a famous treasure haul. When the Portuguese ship vanished during a storm, it was claimed to be carrying up to 60 tonnes of gold and 200 chests of diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. The bounty on board, if discovered, would be worth billions of dollars today.
Despite the fact that many individuals have explored the seabed where the Flor de La Mar may have sunk—some even claiming to have discovered it—the shipwreck and its rich cargo remain undiscovered.