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Lot 18: ROALD AMUNDSEN: PHOTO of «Fram» SIGNED by 17 members of the South Pole Expedition, Including Amundsen.

Est: kr80,000 NOK - kr100,000 NOKSold:
SD | AuctionsJune 15, 2024Oslo, Norway

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Photo of «Fram» in Hobart, Tasmania. Framed [26,5x31cm]. Beattie’s Studios, Hobart, Tas.


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«Fram« anchored up in Hobart March 7th, 1912. Amundsen and his team reached the pole (90° South) on December 14, 1911, beating Robert Falcon Scott’s British team by 35 days. But it wasn’t until Amundsen reached Hobart, Australia that he was able to stake his formal claim. Upon the arrival at Hobart Amundsen sent a coded telegram to his brother, whon then informed the King of Norway and Fridtjof Nansen.

SIGNED by 17 of the participants on the «Fram Expedition 1910-1912», including all of the five that reached the South Pole; Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting, Helmer Hanssen and Sverre Hassel. The signature of Hjalmar Johansen is quite unique. Due to a controversy with Amundsen, he was removed from the group which was to go toward the South Pole. He was devastated, and when the expedition arrived in Hobart, Johansen asked Amundsen to travel directly home, which was supported with money. Amundsen was intransigent and sent a letter home with instructions that Johansen must not be accepted as a hero. Half a year later, on 3 January 1913, Johansen shot himself at Solli Plass in Kristiania [Oslo].

PROVENANCE: Otto Norland’s Polar Collection.                      
INSCRIBED on verso to H. Ditlef-Hansen, dated August 12, 1912.
”Fram ankom til Hobart den 3 [!] Mars, 1912. Paa tilbaketur fra Sydpolen”. [Fram arrived in Hobart March 3 [!] on return from the south Pole].
8 days after the inscription, August 20, King Haakon 7 instituted The South Pole Medal.
The same day it was awarded to the participants in Amundsen’s South Pole expedition
with ”Fram” in the years 1910–1912.

Kristian Prestrud, participant on Kong Edward VII’s land
Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm, cook
Hjalmar Johansen, in charge of the dogs
Sverre Helge Hassel, participant to the South Pole
Karenius Olsen, cook
Knut Sundbeck, first machinist
Thorvald Nilsen, Captain and second in command
Helmer Hanssen, participant to the South Pole
Halvardus Kristensen, third machinist
Jørgen Stubberud, participant on Kong Edward VII’s land
Ludvig Hansen, ice pilot
Andreas Beck, ice pilot
Martin Rønne, sail maker
Oscar Wisting, participant to the South Pole
Olav Bjaaland, participant to the South Pole
Roald Amundsen, Captain and Expedition leader
Hjalmar Fredrik Gjertsen, second coxswain

The photo was mounted in the photographer's Studio in Hobart. Fram's participants have signed the photo directly on the back board of this original mount.

A collection of signatures from Amundsen's South Pole Expidition is extremely rare. We have never registered this on the market before. A very unique item.

80 000 – 100 000 NOK € 6,900-8,600  

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Toward the Poles | Accounts of Polar Exploration

SD | Auctions
June 15, 2024, 11:00 AM CET

Bygdøy Allé 67, Oslo, , 0265, NO


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