An ice axe, formerly belonging to George Mallory, was auctioned at Christie’s today and sold for an impressive £108,000; £132,100 including commission. This was far beyond reserve of £8,000.
The Viennese axe, manufactured by I. Horeschowsky is understood to have been used by Mallory on the 1922 expedition to Mount Everest and was instrumental in saving the lives of other expedition members.
Also auctioned were contact prints by John Noel from the expedition to Mount Everest in 1924, which realised, £5,625.
The successful bidder’s identities and location are unknown at present, but MHT has enquired as to their new location so that their whereabouts can be recorded. It is hoped the new owners will appreciate the importance of relaying this information in due course.