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FILE - First class tea cup china used by passengers is a part of the artifacts collection of the Titanic which is in a secret hiding place in Atlanta, in this Aug 15, 2008 file photo being prepared for shipping to the Georgia Aquarium for the public to see later. The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction as a single lot in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck. The auction is scheduled for April 1 by Guernsey's, a New York City auction house, according to filings by Premier Exhibitions Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A spokeswoman for the auction house and Premier Exhibitions declined Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011 to discuss the auction with The Associated Press until a formal announcement in January.

RICHMOND, Va. — The owner of the largest trove of artifacts salvaged from the Titanic is putting the vast collection up for auction in April, the 100th anniversary of the world's most famous shipwreck.

More than 5,500 items including fine china, ship fittings and portions of hull were recovered from the ocean liner. They were appraised in 2007 at $189 million. That estimate is according to Premier Exhibitions Inc., parent of RMS Titanic Inc.

The auction is scheduled for April 1 by Guernsey's, a New York City auction house, according to filings by Premier Exhibitions Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Results of the auction won't be announced until April 15, the date one century ago that the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic.