An anonymous buyer has paid 'GBP'55,000 sterling(83,000 U.S. dollars) for the personal log book kept?
GV EXTERIOR PAN: Christie's auction rooms
GV: auction room - auctioneer announcing sale and taking bids. (English speech)
MV: Bligh's log - auctioneer's voice over to end of sequence 10.
CU: page with Bligh's signature.
CU PAN: description of Fletcher Christian entered in log.
MV PAN: description of Peter Hayward entered in log.
CU: description of edward Young.
CU PAN: entry in log and book being closed.
CU: bindings, with 'Bligh's Log Book' written on it.
MV: auctioneer PULL BACK TO GV: auction room.
CU PULL BACK TO MV: anonymous buyer's agent.
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Background: An anonymous buyer has paid 'GBP'55,000 sterling(83,000 U.S. dollars) for the personal log book kept by Captain William Bligh, of 'mutiny on the Bounty' fame nearly 200 years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The log was sold at Christie's auction rooms in London, England, on Wednesday (24 November). Bidding began at ten thousand pounds (over 16,000 U.S. dollars).
Captain Bligh began his log when he was set adrift in a small boat in 1759 after a mutiny on his ship, the Bounty. The leather-bound pocket book has 107 pages of closely written notes including a description of mutineer leader Fletcher Christian. It tells of his epic 3,500-mile (5,600 kilometres) voyage through the Pacific Ocean. He was cast adrift at Tifua, in Mid-pacific, and ended up in the south seas at Timor, near Indonesia.
Bidding for the log was eventually going up by five thousand pounds at a time (8,000 U.S. dollars).
Both the seller and the buyer -- who bid through an agent -- chose to remain anonymous. The log was recently discovered by historians in the possession of a descendant of Captain Bligh.