Relics from a survivor of Scott's Antarctic expedition sell for $580,000 at auction in London
LONDON – LONDON (AP) — A collection of skis, photos, scientific instruments and other relics from Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole have sold at auction for more than 370,000 pounds ($580,000).
Christie's auction house said Thursday that the collection beat its highest pre-sale estimate of 250,000 pounds.
Scott reached the South Pole in January 1912 — beaten by Norway's Roald Amundsen, who got there a month earlier. Scott died with four companions on the way back.
The items belonged to expedition member Charles Seymour Wright, who found the tent containing Scott's frozen body.
They were sold by Wright's grandson and bought by anonymous bidders at Wednesday's sale in London.