NatGeo to auction famous art

Associated Press
This 1908 photo made by an unidentified photographer and provided by National Geographic via Christie’s Auction House, is a portrait of Arctic explorer Adm. Robert E. Peary in Cape Sheridan, Canada. The photo is among a small selection of the National Geographic Society's most indelible photographs that will be sold at Christie’s next month at an auction expected to bring about $3 million.(AP Photo/National Geographic via Christie’s Auction House. (AP Photo/National Geographic via Christie’s Auction House)

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The National Geographic Society has chronicled scientific expeditions, explorations, archaeology, wildlife and world cultures for more than 100 years, amassing a collection of 11.5 million photos and original illustrations. A small selection of that massive archive — 240 pieces spanning from the late 1800s to the present — will be sold at Christie's on Dec. 6 at "The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration" auction, and is expected to bring in about $3 million in the first auction ever from the institution's archives.

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