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Auction: Polar Sale: Scott and Amundsen Centenary (London 30th March 2012)

For all you Captain Scott fans out there, Bonhams in London wil be holding a special Polar Sale next Friday (30/3) to mark the centenary of his tragic death. It will include a farewell letter found on Scott's body in November 1912, written on March 16 by the man himself, and expected to sell for £150,000 at auction.

If your pocket is not deep enough, then this lot might be a bit more tempting - an album of 60 photographs by Scott of the Antarctic’s trail-blazing Preston-educated cameraman Herbert Ponting, estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £40,000. Also in the auction will be Ponting’s January 1911 photograph of Scott’s ship, the Terra Nova at the Ice Foot, Cape Evans, for £4,000 and £6,000, while Ponting’s signed image of the crew of the Terra Nova could fetch between £6,000 and £8,000. 

You can view the auction catalogue here, and some images here. For me, I think I'll just stick with the catalogue for now ....

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