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

Pictures from the doomed Antarctic mission are expected to fetch up to £4,000 each.

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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

Bonhams

Credits: Bonhams

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

Bonhams

Credits: Bonhams

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.

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