The bronze cherub is believed to have decorated the upper landing of the grand staircase in first class because it is smaller than the cherubs on the main staircase landings. It was recovered in 1987 and is missing its left foot. The loss likely occurred when the cherub was ripped from its post, according to RMS Titanic, Inc.

By Jessica Dickler @CNNMoney - Last updated March 15 2012: 8:40 AM ET
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The Titanic up for auction

More than 5,500 items recovered from the famous shipwreck -- valued at nearly $200 million altogether -- will be auctioned in April.

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