Auctions | The Polar Sale at Christie's

Christie's London hosts Exploration and Travel including the Polar Sale on Sept. 22 at the King Street Location.  Here are a few of the gems:

No. 1 | A 13 inch scale model of a loaded sledge made by Patrick Keohane for the 1910-1913 British Antarctic Expedition, Est. £4,000 to £6,000, Lot #97

No. 2 |  Potentially the world's most expensive canvas bag, this sleeping bag cover belonged to Captain Lawrence Edward Grace Oates, who died when he walked out of his tent into a blizzard during the British Antarctic Expedition, Est. £25,000 to £35,000. Lot #174.

No. 3 | The third volume of The South Polar Times: April-October 1911 produced during the Terra Nova expedition, Est. £3,000 to £5,000. Lot#152

No. 4 | Charles Seymour Wright's medals and decorations, Est. £12,000 to £18,000. Lot#164

No. 5 | C.S. Wright's skiis made by L.H. Hagen & Co., Est. £6,000 to £8,000. Lot#129

No. 6 | Report on the work of the Scottish National Expedition, William Speirs Bruce (1867-1921), Est. £2,000-£3,000, Lot 57 


  1. Nice brrrrrr...... things!

  2. Boy oh boy. Sales like this make me sad I am not a captain of industry with scads of disposable cash available to funnel into collecting wonderful objects.

    The AMNH has an exhibit on the race to the pole up right now full of fascinating things, including a piece of the custom officer's china designed for Scott's Terra Nova. Also amazing: Oates' last words as he walked out into the blizzard, leaving his companions behind: 'I may be some time.' Talk about stoic.

  3. I wonder if there are any Shackleton items for sale? I love his story about the Endurance, though Antartica is the last place on earth I will ever go (also Afganistan).

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lovely stuff to have in the living room. Oates' actions may have cleaned the slate, in his mind perhaps.

  5. Anonymous says:

    sorry, didnt get all the link.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I give up - damn technology. Just type in

    Captain Oates Ettie McKendrick Guardian

    into google