The subject of fierce bidding at Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration Sale in February, this sledge comes from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton. It was used on the 1907-9 British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition by Eric Marshall – one of the four men, with Shackleton, Jameson Adams, and Frank Wild, who undertook the sledge march to the South Pole. Although they had to abandon the attempt, they reached within 100 geographical miles of the Pole, which – at the time – was the furthest south ever traveled. A rare survivor from the expedition, the sledge played a crucial role in this great journey of Polar exploration.
Auctioned by Bonhams in London for £143,750.