Top 10: Historic aviation memorabilia
10) Wilbur Wright signed photograph - $27,500
An extremely rare signed photograph of Wilbur Wright in suit and tie and trademark wool cap, inscribed: To my true friend Léon Bollée whose warm sympathy and unfailing help made my success at le Mans possible, my sincere thanks and best wishes, Wilber Wright. Le Mans, 18 December ‘08’. Sold for $27,500 at Profiles in History in June 2010.
9) Amelia Earhart’s flight plan - $29,000
Amelia Earhart’s original flight plan and related documents for the journey when she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Sold for $29,000 at Heritage Auctions in June 2006.
8) Charles and Anne Lindbergh cockpit transcripts - $33,600
Cockpit transcripts from Charles Lindbergh and wife’s 1931 ‘North to the Orient’ flight, detailing the most dangerous and dramatic moments as they travelled from New York to Tokyo. Sold for $33,600 at Christie’s in June 2005.
7) 1903 Wright brothers replica aeroplane - $37,145
A replica of the Wright Brothers’ famous 1903 aeroplane created circa 1918-1925. Sold for €30,095 (approx. $37,145) at RM Auctions in August 2012.
6) Amelia Earhart flight goggles - $141,600
Amelia Earhart’s flight goggles, worn for her historic 1932 transatlantic flight. Sold for $141,600 at Profiles in History in October 2009.
5) Orville Wright first flight letter - $60,500
Typed and signed letter from Orville Wright to journalist Carl Dienstbach written in 1904, three weeks after their triumph at Kitty Hawk, describing their first flight. Sold for $60,500 at Christie’s in December 1991.
4) Charles Lindbergh North Atlantic route map - $90,000
Charles Lindbergh’s printed map of North Atlantic lane routes, used in laying out New York to Pairs route for his historic flight. Sold for $90,000 at Christie’s in June 2005.
3) Wilbur Wright’s Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight - $115,000
Wilber Wright’s 1903 pamphlet, from his own private library. Sold for $115,000, at Philip Weiss Auctions in September 2008.
2) Spirit of St Louis mail - $155,000
A letter carried on The Spirit of St Louis in the first transatlantic flight. Sold for $155,000 at Robert A. Siegel auction galleries in 1999.
1) Antoine de Saint-Exupery manuscript of desert flight crash - $438,191
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s handwritten manuscript for a chapter of his 1939 memoir ‘Wind, Sand and Stars’. This section, ‘Au centre du desert’, describes the plane crash in the Sahara desert that he and his co-pilot suffered during the 1935 Paris to Saigon air race. Sold for €312,750 (approx. $438,191) at Sotheby’s in June 2009.
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