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Alleged Yeti Footprint Photos Sold for $11,158

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Photo: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014

Four pictures from a 1951 expedition to Mount Everest purported to depict Yeti footprints were recently sold at a Christie’s auction for $11,158.

The yeti, similarly to the North American Sasquatch, is a creature whose existence has never been proven. However, the stories of a large ape roaming the Himalayas have been around for centuries. The photos sold at the auction show seem to be bipedal footprints, much too large to be human, made in the snow.

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Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014

The photos were taken by Eric Earle Shipton in the Menlung Basin region of Mount Everest. The photos show the footprints, which measured between 12 and 13 inches, next to a boot and an icepick for size comparison.

One of the photos has an inscription on the back from Tom Bourdillon who was also a member of the expedition. According to GrindTV, the inscription reads as follows:

“Dear Mick. Here are the footprint photos: sorry for the delay. We came across them on a high pass on the Nepal-Tibet watershed during the 1951 Everest expedition. They seemed to have come over a secondary pass at about 19,500 ft, down to 19,000 ft where we first saw them, and then went on down the glacier. We followed them for the better part of a mile. What it is, I don’t know, but I am quite clear that it is no animal known to live in the Himalaya, & that it is big. Compare the depths to which it & Mike Ward (no featherweight) have broken into the snow. Yours, Tom Bourdillon.”

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Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014

The inscription offers a unique perspective of the day that the prints were initially photographed.

Despite many investigations by various experts, the photos in question have never been confirmed as being real. However, they have also never been proven to be fake. The anonymous bidder was obviously convinced of their authenticity if he was willing to shell out that kind of cash for them.

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Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014

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Alleged Yeti Footprint Photos Sold for $11,158