Rare Historical Views of Macau by Chinnery Top Travel and Exploration Sale

Two rare landscapes of Macau by the British artist George Chinnery, who settled on the island in 1825 and died there in 1852, were the top selling lots at Bonhams Travel and Exploration Sale in London on 26 February. A view of Macau looking towards the gardens of the Casa, with figures in the foreground sold for £93,813 (estimate: £70,000-100,000), and The Grotto of Camoes, Macau sold for £87,563 (estimate: £60,000-80,000). These are among the highest prices ever paid at auction for a work by the artist.

Bonhams Head of Pictures at Knightsbridge, Veronique Scorer, said: "These beautiful and evocative paintings rank highly in Chinnery's oeuvre and were the finest to appear at auction in a generation. They were much admired in the build up to the sale, and I am not surprised that they sold so well."

The sale also featured a newly discovered rare presentation album of Frank Hurley's Photographs of Scenes and Incidents in Connection with the Happenings to the Weddell Sea Party. Hurley was the official photographer on Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917 and captured life on board the expedition ship Endurance as she became trapped in pack ice, and eventually disintegrated. Consigned by a private owner in the UK, the album was estimated at £30,000-40,000 and sold for £87,563.

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