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A SHEFFIELD-made toast rack taken on Scott of the Antarctic’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole 100 years ago has sold for £4,375 – more than double its estimate – at auction.

Before the auction at Bonhams in London, the electroplated silver six-slice toast rack, made by Sheffield firm Walker & Hall, had been expected to sell for between £1,500 and £2,000.

It was among five lots of Sheffield silverware from Scott’s expedition which sold for a total of £22,750, to mark the centenary of Scott’s death on his way back from the Pole. The most valuable Sheffield item was an electro-plated cruet set from Scott’s ship the Terra Nova, which sold for £7,250. It was made by Walker & Henderson in Sheffield. A silver entree dish sold for £5,000, three forks and two spoons fetched £2,750, and a silver Stilton scoop went for £3,375.