A Whale Bone Once Belonging to Sir Ernest Shackleton Just Auctioned in England for a Scant $1800

by Owen James Burke

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Shackleton gifted this whale vertebrae to his sisters in 1907 when his ship, the Nimrod, was anchored in Torquay before he set out for Antarctica. Photo credit: BBC.

The vertebrae was among a trove of items in an auction for a school in Devon, England, where auctioneers had set an unbelievably modest guide price of £300 (or about $450). And to think a stale old biscuit from the Titanic just went in a Southampton auction house for about $23,000…

“It’s nice to keep it in Torquay where it has been for more than 100 years,” said the highest bidder, a local jeweler.

Read more at the BBC.

–OJB

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