National Geographic to auction famous photos, art

October 22nd, 2012 by Ula Ilnytzky in Other Sciences / Other

National Geographic Society has chronicled scientific expeditions, wildlife and world cultures for more than 100 years, amassing 11.5 million photographs and original illustrations.

The Washington-based institution is selling a selection of its archive for the first time. About 240 lots are to be sold at Christie's auction house in New York on Dec. 6. It's expected to bring $3 million.

The archive has 12,000 original pieces of fine art. Highlights in the sale include paintings by N.C. Wyeth and a photo of Admiral Robert Peary's 1908 expedition to the .

The majority of the works in the sale are by longtime photographers for the magazine.

Proceeds will go for the promotion and preservation of the archive.

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