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Auction: Auction 09.07.2014
was auctioned on: 9 July 2014
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A late George II silver twin handled cup by Gabriel Sleath & Francis Crump, London …

Estimate: £100 - £200
ca. US$170 - US$341
Price realised:  £90
ca. US$153
Lot number 94, Views: 19

A late George II silver twin handled cup by Gabriel Sleath & Francis Crump, London 1755, with moulded S-scroll handles, a slightly everted plain rim, a cable girdle and a gadrooned base, engraved inside the rim Given by his Godfather Henry Stewart Murray to George Murray Levick, Born 3rd July 1876, 7.5cm (3in) high, 73g (2.35 oz) George Murray Levick (1876-1956) was a British Antarctic explorer, and founder of the British Exploring Society (formerly British Schools Exploring Society). After a short medical career, he joined the Royal Navy in 1910 where he was quickly given leave of absence to accompany Robert Scott on his ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. Part of the Northern Party, Levick spent the austral summer of 1911-1912 at Cape Adare in the midst of an Adelie Penguin rookery. As of June 2012, this has been the only study of the Cape Adare rookery (the largest Adélie Penguin colony in the world) ever performed and he has been the only one to spend an entire breeding cycle there. His observations of the courting, mating, and chick-rearing behaviours of these birds are recorded in his book Antarctic Penguins. His notes about the penguins' sexual habits, which included sexual coercion, sex among males and sex with dead females, were deemed too indecent for publication at the time; they were rediscovered and published in the journal Polar Record in 2012.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Auction 09.07.2014
Date of the auction: 9 Jul 2014
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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