Officials Call Titanic Necklace Theft 'Embarrassing'

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A gold-plated necklace that was owned by a passenger on the Titanic was stolen in Copenhagen Saturday. The piece was part of a traveling exhibition of artifacts from the sunken ship on display at the city's Tivoli amusement park.

Park spokesman Torben Planks told the Associated Press, "The alarm didn't go off. It it pretty embarrassing."

Danish police believe the theft was an inside job. A $1,380 reward has been offered for information about the piece's whereabouts.

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Though no relation to the necklace worn by Kate Winslet in James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster Titanic -- 20th Century Fox is re-releasing the film in 3D in April 2012 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the original tragedy -- it is insured for $19,300 and has historical significance. Exhibition owner Luis Ferreiro told AP, "It was [a] very important piece. The artifacts tell stories about the people aboard.

The necklace was owned by Eleanor Wildener, who survived the 1912 disaster.

Another collection of famous jewels -- owned by Elizabeth Taylor and worth millions — are part of a Christie’s exhibit currently touring the world. The 269-piece collection stopped in Moscow last week and hits London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong through November. The tour will culminate in a ten-day exhibition of the complete collection at Christie's New York in December.

 

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