Relics From Scott’s Antarctic Expedition for Sale – How Much are They Worth?

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Relics from Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic expedition will be auctioned at Christie’s later this week. These relics actually belonged to a Canadian member of the expedition named Charles Seymour Wright. These missing pieces have helped fill out the picture of Scott’s doomed expedition.

Scott’s Doomed Antarctic Expedition

The relics that are for sale are skis, photos, manuscripts, sledding equipment and scientific instruments, to name just a few. The doomed expedition became an iconic British story. Scott and his team were racing to the pole, but they were beaten by a Norwegian crew led by Roald Amundsen. They started out from England in 1910, and they reached the South Pole in January 1912. Unfortunately, Scott and four of his companions died on the way back home.

In a note found by Scott’s body, the national hero wrote, “We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complain.”

Wright is the member of the expedition who actually found the tent with Scott’s remains about eight months after he likely died. The value of Wright’s relics is between $235,000 to $390,000. Adrian Raeside is selling the collection. His is the grandson of Wright, and he traced his grandfather’s expedition in “Return to Antarctica.”

The selling of the relics from Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition will bring Wright’s family a small fortune, and it will help those who buy it to enjoy a piece of British and world history. All eyes are sure to be on Christie’s auction house later this week when the collection goes under the hammer.

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