The “finest Antarctic association item to have ever come to auction”, Scott’s farewell autograph letter made £163,250*.
First editions of Cherry-Garland’s Worst Journey of the World (one annotated by Scott’s widow, Kathleen) made £23,750 and £18,750 respectively and a presentation copy of Shackleton’s South dedicated to ‘Wuzzles’, i.e. Frank Worsley achieved £22,500.
Visual art was also a success. Of particular note amongst the photography were two images by Herbert Ponting, specifically The Freezing of the Sea and The Terra Nova at Ice Foot (illustrated) both of which exceeded £10,000 in price. Richard Short’s painting of the Terra Nova leaving Cardiff and John Edward Davis’ watercolour of the crew of the Erebus and Terror celebrating New Year’s Day made £16,250 apiece.
Consignments are now being accepted for the second Polar sale scheduled to take place later this year.
The results can be viewed online here
*Includes buyers’ premium.