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17.04.15. Rarely-seen photos of Captain Robert Scott's expedition to the South Pole and an American Civil War flag are among the items expected to fetch tens of thousands of pounds at a unique auction at Christie's on April 28th. More than 250 fascinating and eclectic objects - with estimated values of £500 to £30,000 - will go under the hammer in the one-off, travel-themed auction at Christie's South Kensington. Filled with historic artefacts, pricey art and souvenirs acquired during the original owners' travels, the Around the World auction is drawing interest from collectors and those with wanderlust ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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