On Wednesday 5 March and Thursday 6 March, 1,000 objects spanning 250 million years are to be sold in London by Sotheby's
The collection belonged to Stanley Seeger (pictured), an art collector and musician, who died in 2011 aged 81.
Although born in the US, Seeger lived for most of his life in the UK and quietly amassed an extraordinary collection of art and artefacts spanning 50 countries and several million years of condensed history.
The SS Politician was an 8000-ton cargo ship owned by T & J Harrison of Liverpool. It left Liverpool on 3 February 1941, bound for Kingston, Jamaica and New Orleans with a cargo including 28,000 cases of whisky. The ship sank near the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, and much of the wreck's cargo was salvaged by the island's inhabitants. The story of the wreck and looting was the basis for the book and film Whisky Galore!