Sale of Exploration and Travel Including the Polar Sale at Christie’s Achieves $2,590,380

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LONDON.- The sale of Exploration and Travel including the Polar Sale realised £1,650,975 / $2,590,380 / €1,944,849 and was sold 85% by value and 79% by lot. The top lot was Herbert George Ponting’s three master albums of contact prints from the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, which fetched £169,250 / $265,553 / €199,377. 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