Photos from Captain Scott's fated South Pole mission go on sale

Photos from Captain Scott's South Pole mission go on sale

Ominous images of Captain Scott's doomed quest to conquer the South Pole are to be sold at auction next month.

Silvery prints show the great British explorer and his team of adventurers standing in a row at Cape Evans on Antarctica's Ross Island in January 1911 - a year before they reached the South Pole.

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However, the group realised they were beaten by Norwegian Roald Amundsen by 34 days when they got there.

Capt Scott and all the other members of his expedition party died on the treacherous return journey to camp and their frozen bodies were discovered eight months later.

Credits: Bonhams


Credits: Bonhams


Another shows Captain Lawrence Oates standing in front of four Siberian ponies on board the ill-fated Terra Nova ship during the voyage south.

Capt Oates, one of the final five to embark on the last leg of the expedition, famously walked out of his tent and muttered "I am just going outside and may be some time" before he froze to death.

And also going under the hammer is a picture of the Terra Nova birthing near to an ice foot to allow explorers to unload supplies to a hut.

Credits: Bonhams


Credits: Bonhams


Five photographs captured by the expedition's official photographer Herbert Ponting are due to go under the hammer at Bonham's Travel and Exploration in London on February 1.

The pictures are expected to fetch up to £4,000 each.

National Geographic must-see destinations for 2017
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National Geographic must-see destinations for 2017

Canada’s first national park was discovered on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in 1883. Today, Banff is one of the world’s number one destinations, pulling in millions of visitors every year with its range of activities and stunning views.

The South Korean capital offers historic sites dating back to the 14th century and fashionable boutiques for gadget-savvy youths. There are also tiny neighborhoods of traditional cottages to explore, alongside palaces and museums and a 24/7 nightlife.

Discover the natural wonders of the Sea of Cortez on an expedition through the Baja California National Marine Parks. Experience up-close encounters with gray whale mothers and their calves and see bottlenose dolphins before heading on hikes with naturalists or snorkel among sea lions. Pictured: A huge school of Jacks and a diver in the Sea of Cortez.

Via Dinarica is a hiking trail, connecting natural and cultural sights in Dinarids. It is recognized and acknowledged as a great chance and potential for development, especially for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pictured: A hiker on the peak of Matorac in the Dinaric Alps of central Bosnia and Herzegovina,

China's Chengdu city is known for its for it famed specialties: hot-and-sour rice noodles and steamed dumplings, which can be seen being rustled up above in the city's downtown area. Praised as the centre of Sichuan cuisine, foodies should flock to Chengdu in China - 'city of gastronomy'. In the city's surrounding countryside you can also see pandas.

Blanketed in trees and parks, Hamburg is one of Europe’s greenest cities. And the former warehouse district is being transformed into an übermodern place to live, work, and play.

India's stunning national parks feature a host of wildlife - including the tiger - which thanks to these parks is starting to rise in numbers. Although it is rare to see a tiger during a trail, there are often elephants and monkeys to see. Above a four-year-old tigress (Panthera tigris tigris) has returned to the cave where she was born to have her first litter.

Madrid offers a rich range of activities and culture - form 16th-century cobblestoned streets around Plaza Mayor to the über-trendy boutiques of Chueca. Along its glorious boulevard you'll find three of the world’s greatest art museums, including the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, which exhibits the work of contemporary artists such as Japanese art star Yayoi Kusama.

Historic Moscow, Russia, emerged as a top European city to visit next year. The Russian capital hosts building steeped in communist austerity and laden in capitalist indulgence. The city offers a huge wealth of culture and history, from the city's colourful Red Square to the modern new Moscow-City, the Russian capital is crammed with artistic, historic, and otherwise sacred sites.

Papua New Guinea offers an abundance of beautiful colours and sights on this tropical nation. A patchwork of mountains, jungles, and swamplands, the country is home to some 700 Papuan and Melanesian tribes, each with its own language. Most of the inhabitants are subsistence farmers, although some grow cash crops.

In Switzerland’s Canton Uri, visit in time for the Désalpe festival, which is the cattle’s annual autumn descent from summer mountain pastures. It is the seasonal droving of grazing livestock before winter sets in and is a traditional farming practice thought to date back as far as 3,000 BC. The area also boasts numerous adrenaline-filled activities. In Switzerland’s Canton Uri, visit in time for the Désalpe festival, which is the cattle’s annual autumn descent from summer mountain pastures.

City dwellers may want a chance to disconnect, and tranquil Finland, doused with impossibly picturesque lakes, offers just that.

This almost urban wilderness, tucked in a curve between the ocean and the Chugach foothills, is a favorite stop for migratory birds. Eagles soar overhead while waterfowl nest amid vividly green grasses. Two boardwalks get you closer to the birdlife as well as spawning salmon and wandering moose.

A key Caribbean port of the Spanish from the 16th to 18th centuries, Cartagena is perhaps the finest colonial city in the Western Hemisphere and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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The cool Cloud Forests are more lush and cooler than lowland Rainforests. These natural wonders offer an incredible view into Ecuador's wildlife.

The American state offers lively cities, a relaxing coastline and breathtaking mountain scenery. Within the beautiful skyline of Atlanta you’ll have access to the world’s largest aquarium and even see the world’s largest collection of Coke memorabilia at the World of Coca-Cola. Pictured: Piedmont Park, Atlanta.

Under the natural wonders category, Kauai, Hawaii, is rated highly on the prestigious bucket list. The island, praised for its beautiful performance in Jurassic Park, is coated in incredible canyons, hiking trials and inspiring cliff edges. Pictured: Tourists and visitors gather to watch the sunset at Poipu Beach of Kauai, Hawaii. 

With 7,000 years of history, there is plenty to see in Malta, with its beautiful beaches - like Sliema beach in Valletta (above) - ancient ruins and varied nightlife. The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. Pictured: Valletta.

One of the world's most vibrant cities, Marrakech is brimming with incredible gardens, snake charmers, markets and more. You won't run out of things to do in this Moroccan city, and if you want to kick back, the sun shines for most of the year. Marrakech offers a delight for the senses, with hawkers calling out to you and beautiful cloths and food up for grabs there is plenty going on in the North African city.

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