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The Chilean Order of Merit presented to Ernest Shackleton in 1916 which sold for £60,000 at Christie’s South Kensignton.

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Passed down by descent, the 12-lot group totalled £472,000 on October 8 with every item sold for a multiple-estimate sum.

Shackleton's British decorations took the top price of £190,000 and included two First World War service medals, an OBE and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order medal.

Meanwhile, this Chilean Order of Merit, which was presented to Shackleton after he and his rescued men arrived in Punta Arenas on the Yelcho in 1916, fetched £60,000.