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The iconic photograph of Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest, Nepal joins other famous images at Christie's sale of 'The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration'

National Geographic's most famous photographs expected to fetch $3MILLION at Christie's in first ever auction of collection

In 1953 the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and the sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the peak of Mount Everest; here they are seen on the south eastern crest on May the day before they reached the summit

Map of route to top of Mt. Everest. Black line is the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary. The triangles are base camps established by later climbers. Associated Press image with labels added by The Times in the 1950s.

Edmund Hillary's route to the top

Map of route to top of Mt. Black line is the route used by Sir Edmund Hillary. The triangles are base camps established by later climbers. Associated Press image with labels added by The Times in the

Sir Edmund Hillary and fellow climbers, on Mount Everest in 1953 during the first credited ascent to the mountain peak. (New York Times).  The Big Picture 29/5/13  60yr anniversary

Climbing Mount Everest

Sixty years ago today New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first confirmed ascent of t.

Charles Evans, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Tom Bourdillion and George Band after the 1953 Mt Everest ascent in Nepal.

Charles Evans, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Tom Bourdillion and George Band after the 1953 Mt Everest ascent in Nepal.

1953 Sir Edmund Hillary Climbs Mount Everest Original History Print Ad -An original vintage 1953 advertisement, not a reproduction -Measures approximately 10" x 13" to 11" x 14" -Ready for matting and

1953 Sir Edmund Hillary Climbs Mount Everest Original History Print Ad -An original vintage 1953 advertisement, not a reproduction -Measures approximately x to x -Ready for matting and

Photo: jimmy_chin  This is an image of @robdski and @Kit DesLauriers preparing to rappel the Hillary step after skiing down from the summit on the 2006 expedition.

After skiing a few hundred feet from the summit, I caught up to Kit and Rob DesLauriers at the Hillary Step. We clipped into ropes to rappel down the forty-foot rock band at feet, then skied across to the exposed ridge to the South Summit.

Everest Photo Gallery: The Wildest Dream -- National Geographic

Dressed in replica climbing gear, Anker and Houlding confront driving snow on the slopes of Mount Everest as the annual monsoon approaches and temperatures plummet.

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