Signed Photograph of Mountaineer Edmund Hillary
Edmund Hillary Signed Photograph.
Item Number: 89054
Original signed black and white photograph of Edmund Hillary, who on May 29, 1953, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest as part of the ninth British expedition led by John Hunt. Boldly signed in his contemporary signature, “E.P. Hillary.” In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The photograph measures 5 inches by 4 inches. The entire piece measures 12.25 inches by 10.25 inches.
Edmund Hillary became interested in mountaineering while in secondary school. He made his first major climb in 1939, reaching the summit of Mount Ollivier. He served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a navigator during World War II. Prior to the Everest expedition, Hillary had been part of the British reconnaissance expedition to the mountain in 1951 as well as an unsuccessful attempt to climb Cho Oyu in 1952. As part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition he reached the South Pole overland in 1958. He subsequently reached the North Pole, making him the first person to reach both poles and summit Everest. Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted himself to assisting the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he established. His efforts are credited with the construction of many schools and hospitals in Nepal. From 1985 to 1988 he served as New Zealand's High Commissioner to India and Bangladesh and concurrently as Ambassador to Nepal. Hillary had numerous honors conferred upon him, including the Order of the Garter in 1995.