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A sprig of fake holly used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his way to the South Pole sold for pounds 4,025 yesterday.

And a tattered Union Jack raised by Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton on a later expedition fetched pounds 25,300 at Christie's in London. The holly sprig - bought anonymously at three times the expected price - was used to top a Christmas pudding carried by Shackleton in a sock on a 1902 expedition to the Antarctic.

The Union Jack, presented by Queen Alexandra to Shackleton, was raised 97 miles from the South Pole before another expedition turned back in 1909. Shackleton's diaries record: "We hoisted Her Majesty's flag...and took possession of the plateau in the name of His Majesty.

"While the Union Jack flew out stiffly in the icy gale that cut us to the bone, we looked south with our powerful glasses, but could see nothing but the dead white snow plain."

Scott died on a later expedition.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 11, 1997
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