In this 1998 photo provided by National Geographic via Christie’s Auction House, Huli Tribesman, in Papua New Guinea are shown. 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 -- titled “The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration” -- expected to bring about $3 million.
All images are copyright of the National Geographic Society.
Edmund Hillary, Mount Everest, Nepal. Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first to ascend the highest mountain in the world on May 29, 1953.
“Afghan Girl.” Photographer Steve McCurry captured the iconic image of an Afghan refugee in Pakistan during the time of Soviet occupation in the 1980’s. The photograph was taken in 1984, but the woman, Sharbat Gula, was not identified until 2002.
Adm. Robert E. Peary
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.
In this 1969 image provided by National Geographic via Christie’s Auction House, an illustration entitled “A Blue Globe Hanging in Space -- The Earth As Seen From The Moon” by Charles Bittinger is shown.
A Nunamiut boy, Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. The photo was taken by Thomas J. Abercrombie.
Atomic bomb test
An underwater atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1946, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, Micronesia. Between 1946 and 1958, twenty-three nuclear bombs were detonated at Bikini Atoll.
Diver and octupus
A diver swims with an octopus, whose arms measured three-feet long, Mediterranean Sea.
“The Duel on the Beach”
“The Duel on the Beach” by N.C. Wyeth. Wyeth was an American illustrator who created over 3,000 paintings and illustrations for a wide variety of publications, including the National Geographic Society. The painting is signed and dated “N.C. Wyeth/1926”.