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
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