US News Scott of the Antarctic 'selfie' up for sale

10:41  06 november  2017
10:41  06 november  2017 Source:   Sky News

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A ' selfie ' of Scott of the Antarctic and his team after they arrived at the South Pole to find out they had been beaten to their goal is to go under the hammer. A silver spoon and fork from the same expedition is also up for sale .

Scott of the Antarctic is a 1948 technicolour film which depicts Robert Falcon Scott 's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition and his attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole in Antarctica . John Mills played Scott , with a supporting cast which included James Robertson Justice, Derek Bond, Kenneth More

The 'selfie' taken by explorer Captain Scott's team after they arrived at the South Pole © PA The 'selfie' taken by explorer Captain Scott's team after they arrived at the South Pole

A "selfie" of Scott of the Antarctic and his team after they arrived at the South Pole to find out they had been beaten to their goal is to go under the hammer.

"The photograph shows the five men reaching the South Pole and taking a selfie," said Cecile Gasselholm from auction house Sotheby's.

"When we say selfie, they had an automatic trigger for the camera. There were five of them and they all wanted to be in the photo.

"You can almost see the disappointment in their faces. (Norwegian explorer) Roald Amundsen had already reached the South Pole 34 days earlier.

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Yet in many other ways, Scott played a key role in opening up Antarctica to scientific scrutiny. He used mechanised sledges – the only aid Amundsen feared might win the race for Scott . As a result, our perceptions of the Antarctic were changed for ever.

This photo of Sir Ernest Shackleton will also be sold © PA This photo of Sir Ernest Shackleton will also be sold

"They saw the tent and the note that Amundsen had left for them. They must have been very disappointed."

The photo was taken in January 1912 and is expected to sell for around £1,200.

The men started the 900-mile journey back after the crushing realisation they had been beaten to their goal of being the first to reach the Pole, but in the harsh conditions they all died before reaching home.

A silver spoon and fork from the same expedition is also up for sale.

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Among other items going under the hammer is a photo of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, showing him dishevelled after returning from the Antarctic.

It is expected to go for £5,000 when the auction takes place in London on 14 November.

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