For over one hundred years, National Geographic has taken readers to the furthest reaches of the world. From the creatures in the depths of the ocean to untouched indigenous populations, the magazine’s photography has captured the minds of the curious, and always reminded us, to quote the popular Pixar movie Up, that “adventure is out there.”
In honor of National Geographic’s 125th brithday, Christie’s is putting photographs featured in the three volume limited edition book set by TASCHEN titled, National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years up for online auction, open now through December 3. The prize of the auction, however, is a set of the volumes that has been signed by 43 of National Geographic’s most famous photographers, including Brian Skerry, William Allard, and Frans Lanting. The signed edition is one of only five; out of the remaining four, one will be given to President Obama, and three will be kept for the TASCHEN and National Geographic archives.
Here, a look at some of the incredible photographs that have amazed readers for over a century.