Wright Brothers collectibles and memorabilia

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Wright Brothers collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Brief history/biography

The Wright Brothers were two brothers from America who both invented and built the world's first "successful" airplane on December 17th, 1903.

Orville Wright was born on August 19th, 1871, and died on January 30th, 1948 and Wilbur Wright was born on April 16th, 1867, and died on May 30th, 1912.

Types of memorabilia

Photographs

Alexander Autographs, Inc. in Cos Cob, Connecticut sold a signed photograph of the Wright brothers flying one of their airplanes at Kitty Hawk (circa 1903) for $10,000 and a collection of various documents written by the Wright brothers and their father, Milton Wright, for $13,000 in October of 2005.

Swann Galleries, Inc. in New York sold 50 photographs of the Wright Brothers which were taken by William Preston Mayfield (circa 1909 to 1917) for $12,000 in February of 2006.

Documents

Christie's in London sold a copy of Wilbur Wright's "Some Aeronautical Experiments" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1901) for £20,400 in November of 2005.

Christie's in New York sold the following documents:

  • a copy of the Wright Brothers' first published report of their trial flights at Kitty Hawk, titled "Some Aeronautical Experiments" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1901) for $11,250 in June of 2008
  • two letters between the Wright brothers and Carl Dienstbach of the Illustrirte Aeronautische Mitteilungen (circa 1903) for $20,400 in November of 2005
  • two letters between the Wright brothers and Dienstbach (circa 1903) for $15,400 in May of 1992
  • a signed letter from Wilbur Wright to the Editor of the Independent in Dayton, Ohio (circa 1904) for $8,625 in December of 1998
  • a copy of "Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1903) for $29,900 in October of 1998
  • a signed letter between the Wright Brothers and Mr. J.F. Victory (circa 1931) for $15,535 in December of 2003
  • a letter between Orville Wright and Dienstbach (circa 1904) for $60,500 in December of 1991
  • a letter between the Wright brothers and Dienstbach (circa 1905) for $19,800 in December of 1991
  • a copy of Wilbur Wright's "Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1903) for $23,750 in June of 2008
  • a copy of Wilbur Wright's "Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1903) for $18,000 in December of 2005
  • a letter between Orville Wright and Senator Hiram Binham in Dayton, Ohio (circa 1928) for $23,000 in December of 1993
  • a copy of Wilbur Wright's "Some Aeronautical Experiments" from the Journal of the Western Society of Engineers (circa 1901) for $48,300 in October of 1998

Max Rambod Inc. in Encino, California sold an autographed letter by Wilburt Wright (circa 1908) for $25,000 in November of 2008, and another one of Wilbur Wright's signed letters (circa 1908) for $25,000 in December of 2008.

Sotheby's in New York sold an autographed letter signed by Wilbur Wright (circa 1909) for $14,400 in November of 2005.

As of 2011 the first ever company cheque signed by the Wright Brothers in 1908 was offered for sale by the company Paul Fraser Collectibles.

Guide for collectors

Photographs of the Wright Brothers which were taken by William Preston Mayfield, their "chief" photographer, are considered to be valuable and rare.

Documents or letters written by the Wright Brothers which discuss some of their many important and influential aviation creations are considered to be the most rare and valuable.

Restoration of a photograph of the Wright Brothers or letter written by either of the brothers is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Wright Brothers-related memorabilia, visit www.wright-house.com, wrightbrothers.info, or wright.nasa.gov.

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