Titanic Plate

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A homeless Dallas man thought he had something special in a plate he inherited from a great-aunt.

Apparently, he was right.

The Dallas Morning News reports the Czech factory that made the plate has authenticated it as having been made exclusively for the "Titanic."

Jay Sherman has told the newspaper that his great-aunt was a Titanic survivor.

Now Sherman, who reportedly has been sleeping under a freeway bridge near downtown Dallas, is offering the small plate for auction. It's listed on e-Bay with an opening bid of just less than $50,000.

The giant White Star liner sank in the North Atlantic in 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage. About 1,500 passengers and crew died.