These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic’s Archive Of 11.5M… Yes, They Are Stunning!

Now, that must have been the toughest job Elizabeth Krist has ever had to do. The National Geographic’s senior photo editor, Ms. Krist chose 70 photographs to be sold a Christie’s auction. Just so that you get a sense of what this editor’s job entailed, NatGeo’s archives go back more than 125 years and include 11.5 million images!

The auction is underway on Christie’s website until tomorrow. Prices start at $400 and some photos have already received bids in the thousands. To view all of the National Geographic prints that are being offered, or to bid for them, go to www.Christies.com/NatGeo. Here is a select sample.

1. Photographer Brian Skerry’s shot of a young Harp seal in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

2. Photgrapher Ami Vitale took this shot of hoards of bathers enjoying the warmth of the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest, Hungary in 2012.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

3. The hot springs at Hveravellir in Iceland, photographed by Erlend Haarberg.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

4. Sarah Leen’s The Silver Man was taken during the carnival celebrations at San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Puebla State, Mexico in 1998.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

5. Photographer Carsten Peter journeyed to Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica to capture this shot of biologists scaling an ice tower in 2012.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

6. David Bowman took this picture at St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this year.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

7. A diver at the bow of Russian destroyer 356 that was sunk as an artificial reef off Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

8. Photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel managed to capture the exact moment these Fourth of July fireworks exploded over the New York skyline.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

9. Bryan Skerry took this image entitled Bycatch Tossed Back To The Sea in La Paz, Mexico in 2007.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

10. Carsten Peter took this amazing shot of an explorer among the huge ferns in Claustral Canyon, New South Wales, Australia.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

11. This picture of a glacial waterfall at Godafoss in Iceland was taken by photographer Orsolya Haarberg.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

12. Michael Christopher Brown took this 2013 photograph of shoppers leaving a bookshop in Beijing, China.

These Are The Best Photos In National Geographic's Archive Of 11.5M... Yes, They Are Stunning!

Source: National Geographic / Christie’s.

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