Monday, March 17, 2008

Cookies & Claims

Modern day explorer Ranulph Fiennes purchased a biscuit left over from the Antarctic expedition of Robert Scott.

Fiennes paid almost 4000 pounds for the cookie.

The provenance of the biscuit in question was that it had been retreived from Scott's camping tent on his (failed) run back from his (failed) bid to be first to the Pole.

Claimed provenance that is. In "Race to the Pole", Fiennes hints that the cookie has crumbled.
it almost certainly came from Cape Evans, and not from the tent where Scott ad his men died, as claimed in the auction provenance.

Is there no PEBTAF (Polar Expedition Baked Treat Assurance Framework) on which to base purchase decisions?

It seems a pity but I do not think I can write any more. I am just going outside and may be some time.

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