Yeti Track Photos Sold

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 27th, 2007

Shipton Yeti

As a followup to my earlier blog about the auction of the Shipton-Ward Yeti footprint photographs, the final bids are in.

Shipton Yeti

Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz blogs today of the outcome of auction.

Shipton Yeti

“This 1951 photograph of a purported Yeti footprint was auctioned off at Christie’s London for £3,500. Eric Earle Shipton took the photograph in the Himalayas,” writes Pescovitz.

That amount equals US $7082.25.

It is unknown who purchased the set of Yeti photos (as there were four, not just the one famous photograph), at this time. It is worth noting, in typical British wording, they had been “THE PROPERTY OF A LADY,” which had been “a gift from Tom Bourdillon to Michael John Davies in the 1950s, and thence by descent to the present owner.”

Intriguingly, as Christie’s listed: “Please note this lot is sold without copyright.”

In other words, these were merely old photographic prints that probably are rather easily obtainable as copies.


Shipton, Michael Ward, and Sen Tensing found these tracks during the exploratory 1951 expedition in which the team worked out the now famous route over the Khumbu Glacier to assault Mount Everest.

Shipton Yeti

Eric Shipton (August 1, 1907 – March 28, 1977).

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Yeti Track Photos Sold”

  1. jerrywayne responds:

    The Shipton photos were the reason I became interested in what would eventually be known as cryptozoology.

    The photos are interesting because they seem to reflect what one would expect from a bipedal ape (unlike sasquatch prints, which are in the image of a giant human).

    As I understand it, Shipton erred in not photographing more prints which would have given us more information.

    Also, it should be noted that the photo of the tracks leading away on the desolate mountain side, while often associated with the “snowman” tracks, are obviously too symmetrical and too close together to be yeti prints and are probably tracks of a split hoofed animal (mountain goat, sheep) filmed to show animal travel above the snowline.

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