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Yeti footprint photos to go up for auction


Posted on Friday, 29 August, 2014 | Comment icon 8 comments

Could the Yeti be roaming the Himalayan peaks ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Dirk Hartung
Eric Shipton's famous photographs of Himalayan Yeti footprints are expected to fetch up to 5000.
The images were taken in 1951 during an expedition in which the British explorer had been trekking at an altitude of 19,000ft across the Himalayas in an attempt to climb Mount Everest.

The prints themselves, which measured around 13 inches, were found imprinted in the snow over a considerable distance. Several pictures were taken, some showing the prints up close and others showing them trailing off eerily across the frozen wastes.

"The photographs are so iconic, we are hoping they will raise more than 5,000 pounds during the auction," said James Hyslop who catalogued the pictures for Christie's auctioneers.

"They are incredibly rare. The photographs are the earliest documentation of the famous Yeti and the pictures made all of the headlines in the 1950s."

At the time the photographs divided opinion over the existence of the mythical creature. Many people believed that the prints were indisputable proof that the Yeti was real while others were more skeptical with some even accusing Shipton of perpetrating a hoax.

A gallery showing several of the photographs can be viewed - here.

Source: Mirror | Comments (8)

Tags: Yeti, Shipton


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss on 29 August, 2014, 14:39
Ah the 1950s, when taking pictures of snow with prints in them was the norm. How far we have come. Now people holding cameras before their own faces is the norm. I miss the pictures of snow.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 29 August, 2014, 15:22
Ah the 1950s, when taking pictures of snow with prints in them was the norm. How far we have come. Now people holding cameras before their own faces is the norm. I miss the pictures of snow. In the 1950's we still wanted to learn from pictures. Now pictures are "All about me!", an exaggerated self-importance.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Twin on 29 August, 2014, 16:46
The stride of this yeti seems to be extremely short. Maybe she was wearing a tight skirt.
Comment icon #4 Posted by bubblykiss on 29 August, 2014, 22:03
The stride of this yeti seems to be extremely short. Maybe she was wearing a tight skirt. The Yeti has a stride of 7 inches; its a fact.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Neognosis on 30 August, 2014, 0:29
Do people not know that footprints in ice thaw and refreeze in the sun, and expand during the process? Is that something that the general population doesn't know?
Comment icon #6 Posted by bobb73 on 30 August, 2014, 6:35
The great and mighty Yeti liveth~
Comment icon #7 Posted by Silent Trinity on 30 August, 2014, 8:05
Sorry but all I can say is that a fool and his money are easily parted..... A big foot print is hardly anthropological proof of the existence of a yeti.
Comment icon #8 Posted by bobb73 on 31 August, 2014, 1:59
I paid $50 for Patty's "lookback" print and a test tube of dirt where she walked. eBay. Good deals


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