RELEASE: EXPLORATION AND TRAVEL INCLUDING THE POLAR SALE

London

 

Sold:

£1,650,975

$2,590,380

€1,944,849

Lots Sold: 140

Lots Offered: 178

Sold by Lot: 79%

Sold by £: 85%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.569/  €1.178

 

Lot 

Description

 

Estimate (£)

 

Purchase Price

 

Buyer

165  

Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935), British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13: Ponting's three master albums of contact prints

150,000 - 200,000

£169,250    

$265,553
€199,377

Australian Private

32  

[Captain James Cook (1728-1779)] and Alexander Shaw (fl.1783), A Catalogue of the Different Specimens of Cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook

40,000 - 60,000

£115,250

$180,827
€135,765

Australian Private

132  

Charles Seymour Wright (1887-1975), British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13: Wright's photographs

30,000 - 50,000

£73,250

$114,929
€86,289

Anonymous

175

Captain Scott's Silk Union Jack taken on the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-03, and on the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13

60,000 - 80,000

£73,250

$114,929

€86,289

Anonymous

12  

Ernest Charton (1815-1877), The road from Valparaíso to Santiago

70,000 - 100,000

£70,850

$111,164
€83,461

South American Private

164  

Charles Seymour Wright (1887-1975), Charles Wright's medals and decorations

12,000 - 18,000

£61,250   

$96,101
€72,153

Anonymous

21  

Philip John Ouless (1817-1885), Great Harbour, La Poele, Newfoundland

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR THE ARTIST AT AUCTION

40,000 - 60,000

£49,250

$77,273
€58,017

Trade

45A 

The Royal Geographical Society, Patron's Medal (1837) presented to Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) for finding of Dr David Livingstone on 10 November 1871

40,000 - 60,000

£49,250

$77,273
€58,017

Trade

170  

George Murray Levick (1876-1956), Autograph journal, 29 November 1910 - 8 January 1912

40,000 - 60,000

£46,850    

$73,508
€55,189

Australian Private

11  

Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882,)On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

30,000 - 50,000

£43,250

$67,859
€50,949

Trade 

 

Comment: Nicholas Lambourn, Director of Exploration and Travel and Julian Wilson, Specialist, Books:

Today’s auction saw bidding from 18 different countries, including significant Canadian interest. Lot 32 demonstrated that, once again, Christie’s is setting world records for this ethnographic book – Christie’s New York sold the Hauck copy in June 2006 for $144,000 and at South Kensington in 2005 for £72,000; today this record was broken again. This copy had unusually large, fresh samples of tapa cloth specimens, collected on Captain Cook’s 3rd voyage to the South Seas.

 We were also thrilled with the response to the Sir Charles Seymour Wright Collection, which realised over £370,000, far exceeding pre-sale estimates. The collection attracted international interest in the lead up to the sale and drew bids from both institutions and collectors. Wright’s archive of little-known photographs of Scott’s last expedition realised the top price in the collection, selling for £73,250.

 Adrian Raeside, grandson of Charles Wright

I am delighted that this sale has attracted so much interest in the 1910 British Antarctic Expedition and feel that its members would be both surprised and delighted that 100 years later their importance is being realised. The spotlight has been put on the lesser known members of that trip, and if Wright had not have found Scott’s tent, no one would have known what had happened at the South Pole.

 

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