The Moncler down jacket worn by Ugo Angelino during the Italian expedition of K2 in 1954, the only one known to exist from the glorious enterprise, will be up for sale on 28 February on Aste Bolaffi’s website, together with other memorabilia, posters, personal objects and collector’s items for winter sport enthusiasts.
For the first Italian auction dedicated entirely to the mountains, Aste Bolaffi proposes a catalogue of 81 carefully-selected lots that are able to recount the attraction of the mountains in all of their nuances.
The memorabilia from the K2 expedition are items of undisputed historical and symbolic value. K2 was conquered on 31 July, 1954 by Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli, with crucial contribution made by both the young Walter Bonatti and the Pakistani Amir Mahdi as well. But the expedition led by Ardito Desio, which was both a great athletic triumph and a symbol of Italian rebirth in the post-war period, went down in history as a success of the entire group that took part in it.