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Space and Aviation Memorabilia For Sale
  • Alexei Leonov signed
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    Alexei Leonov signed Time Magazine cover

    £950.00

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    • A March 26, 1965 clipped front page of Time Magazine signed by Alexei Leonov

    Alexei Leonov is a Russian cosmonaut who in 1965 became the first person to perform a spacewalk. In 1975 he commanded the Soyuz capsule on the Soyuz-Apollo mission, the first collaborative mission between the US and the Soviet Union.

    A March 26, 1965 front page cover of Time Magazine featuring a cover image of Alexei Leonov’s 1965 spacewalk. Leonov has signed on the white section of the image. Folded but in fine condition.

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  • Apollo 11 crew signed 1969
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    • A unique full Apollo 11 crew-signed block of 32 1969 10c "First Man on the Moon" stamps

    The Apollo program was NASA’s third foray into human spaceflight and operated from 1961 through 1972. It succeeded in putting the first men on the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, a defining moment in human history.

    An original block of 32 1969 10c "First Man on the Moon" stamps signed by all three members of the Apollo 11 crew (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins) in black ink on the left margin. It is the only known block of the stamps signed by any of the Apollo 11 astronauts. 

    The Post Office released this commemorative issue on September 9, 1969. It proved hugely popular. The astronauts actually carried the master die with them on Apollo 11. 

    Measures approx 9 x 10.5 inches. 

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    Apollo 11 crew signed photographs complete set

    £9,995.00

    • A set of three Apollo 11 crew signed photographs 
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    The Apollo program was NASA’s third foray into human spaceflight and operated from 1961 through 1972. It succeeded in putting the first men on the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, a defining moment in human history.

    A superb set of three signed photographs from each member of the Apollo 11 mission. Command Module Pilot Michael Collins inscribes his name along with “Apollo 11”. Buzz Aldrin does the same, on a photograph showing him on the lunar surface.

    Neil Armstrong writes: “To Robert Gerundo/ Best wishes/ Neil Armstrong”.

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    Apollo 11 signed flight plan

    £15,000.00

    • An original signed Apollo 11 flight plan
    • Autographs from astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
    • Also bearing autographs from other essential members of the mission crew

    The Apollo program was NASA’s third foray into human spaceflight and operated from 1961 through 1972. It succeeded in putting the first men on the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, a defining moment in human history.

    This is an original Apollo 11 flight plan, printed for the ground crew at Houston during the historic flight. It’s identical to the plan Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin used from the moment of launch to splashing down in the North Pacific.

    The plan is signed on the cover by Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, as well as other essential members of the mission. These are flight director Gene Kranz, lander CAPCOM Charlie Duke, EVA CAPCOM Bruce McCandless, recovery diver Clancy Hatleberg, post-flight surgeon Dr Bill Carpentier and Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) technician John Hirasaki. The original owner collected the autographs at signings over the years.

    An incredible piece of space memorabilia that offers a direct link to the Apollo 11 mission. Another Apollo 11 plan in lesser condition featuring signatures from Aldrin, Collins and Charlie Duke recently sold at Sotheby's for $62,500. 

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  • Charles Lindbergh signed photograph
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    • A signed photograph of Charles Lindbergh, taken on his triumphant return voyage from Paris to New York in 1927

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle, was a pioneering aviator who began his illustrious career in the skies as an US Air Mail pilot. 

    At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927. 

    The event rocketed him to international fame, and there was "tremendous public hysteria" in America. He was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

    His fame meant that he was able to champion the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

    Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. 

    Following the second world war, Lindbergh styled himself as an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man.

    An absolutely superb signed photograph (By Underwood & Underwood of Washington DC) measuring 18cmx23cm, mounted to a total size of 28cmx38cm.

    The sepia styled photo shows Lindbergh posing in front of the fuselage of the Spirit of St Louis. Lindbergh has signed underneath:

    "To Mr Fred Buckholy, Charles A. Lindbergh" adding the date "June 12, 1927".

    The photograph was therefore signed the day after Lindbergh's triumphant return home to the US aboard the USS Memphis when a fleet of warships, pursuit planes, bombers and the airship USS Los Angeles followed him up the Potomac River to the Washington Navy Yard where President Calvin Coolidge awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    It's therefore possible/probable that the photo was taken aboard the USS Memphis on June 11th and printed on the same day by Underwood and Underwood. 

    The day after signing this photo a ticker-tape parade was held for Lindbergh down 5th Avenue in NYC.

    Within a year of Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis flight from NYC to Paris a quarter of all Americans had personally seen Lindbergh and the the Spirit of St Louis, pilot applications had tripled and the number of licensed aircraft had quadrupled.

    By 1929 US air passenger numbers had increased from 5,782 to 173,405 a year.

    Without doubt the best Lindbergh signed photo we have ever handled. 

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  • Clyde Tombaugh Autograph Pluto

    • A signed copy of Clyde Tombaugh's Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter 

    Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is the American astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. During the course of his career, he also discovered nearly 800 asteroids and the first object in the Kuiper Belt.

    Tombaugh travelled the United States giving talks on astronomy, in particular, his discovery of Pluto. During the talks he would often share his light hearted version of the Ten Commandments called "Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter".

    The commandments are as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study astronomy.

    This sheet has been signed "Clyde W. Tombaugh, 31 July 1984" in blue ink across the bottom. It features some archive folds which do not affect the autograph. Otherwise in excellent condition.

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  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

    £2,500.00

    • Signed sketch of the Solar System from astronomer Clyde Tombaugh
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    American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997) is most famous for discovering the planet Pluto in 1930. During his career he also discovered many asteroids, variable stars, star clusters, galaxy clusters and a galaxy supercluster.

    This is an original sketch by Clyde Tombaugh showing the orbit of Pluto in comparison to the orbits of Earth, Saturn and Neptune.

    The pencil sketch has been drawn on a sheet of off-white card measuring 5½" x 7½". There are several compass holes in the card but it is otherwise in fine condition.

    Tombaugh has titled the sketch "SOLAR SYSTEM" and has signed and inscribed "Drawn by Clyde Tombaugh, 18 Sept 1990" below the title.

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  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
    • A signed copy of Clyde Tombaugh's Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter 

    Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is the American astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. During the course of his career, he also discovered nearly 800 asteroids and the first object in the Kuiper Belt.

    Tombaugh travelled the United States giving talks on astronomy, in particular, his discovery of Pluto. During the talks he would often share his light hearted version of the Ten Commandments called "Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter".

    The commandments are as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8.5 x 11 inches. Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study astronomy. 

    Tombaugh has inscribed it: "To Rev. William Ward, with best wishes, Clyde W. Tombaugh, 7 May 1984".

    It features some archive folds but is otherwise in excellent condition.

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  • David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test
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    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    £495.00

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    • A copy of the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed by Apollo astronaut Dave Scott 

    David Randolf Scott (1932-) was commander of the Apollo 15 mission, seventh person to walk on the Moon and first person to drive on the Moon. He also holds the title of the last American to fly solo in earth orbit.

    This 11" x 7½" printed page features Scott's sweeping diagonal signature on the bottom left corner. The sheet is printed with the details of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963, which was an important step in global diplomatic efforts to end the armaments race between nations.

    The treaty prohibited nuclear detonation tests in the atmosphere and underwater in an attempt to preserve the environment, though did allow for testing in underground facilities so long as debris stayed within the boundaries of the nation that was conducting the tests.

    The document is in very good condition, with only one tear to a corner, which does not interfere with the autograph or text.

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    Jack Schmitt signed Time Magazine cover

    £1,950.00

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    • A December 11, 1972 clipped Time Magazine cover page signed by Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt

    Jack Schmitt was the Lunar Module pilot during the Apollo 17 mission and the second to last person ever to walk on the Moon.

    This is a clipped front cover of a December 11, 1972 edition of Time Magazine, featuring the crew of the Apollo 17 mission on the cover. It’s signed by Lunar Module Pilot Jack Schmitt. The cover displays light folds. Good condition.

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  • James A McDivitt signed
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    James A McDivitt signed Newsweek magazine cover

    £950.00

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    • A June 21, 1965 front page of Newsweek signed by Gemini and Apollo 9 astronaut James A McDivitt

    James A McDivitt is a USAF test pilot and NASA astronaut. He flew on the Gemini 4 and Apollo 9 missions. After the Apollo 11 mission he became Manager of the Apollo Program until the end of the series.

    This is a June 21, 1965 copy of Newsweek showing astronaut Ed White’s spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. It’s signed by mission commander James A McDivitt. The cover displays some folds and rusting from a staple in the top left corner. Otherwise fine condition.

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  • John Glenn signed Newsweek magazine cover
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    John Glenn signed Newsweek magazine cover

    £750.00

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    • A clipped cover from an October 26, 1998 edition of Newsweek featuring a signature from astronaut John Glenn

    John Glenn (1921-2016) was the pilot of the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight – making him the first American to orbit the Earth. In later years he became a Democratic senator. In 1998, he flew on the STS-95 Discovery aged 77. He remains the oldest person ever to go to space.

    A clipped front cover of an October 26, 1998 edition of Newsweek featuring astronaut John Glenn on the cover. Glenn has inscribed: “To Randall/ John Glenn”. Light folds, otherwise fine condition.

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  • M Scott Carpenter signed Newsweek magazine cover
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    M Scott Carpenter signed Newsweek magazine cover

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    • A June 4, 1962 clipped front page of Newsweek magazine signed by Mercury astronaut M Scott Carpenter

    M Scott Carpenter (1925-2013) was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts selected to launch the US manned space programme in 1958. He flew the Mercury-Atlas 7, becoming the second US astronaut to orbit the Earth.

    This is a clipped front cover of a June 4, 1962 copy of Newsweek, featuring Mercury-Atlas 7 astronaut M Scott Carpenter as the cover star. Carpenter has signed in black ink on his image. The cover displays folds and three small tears on the left hand side.

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    Moonwalkers signed photograph collection

    £18,000.00

    • A collection of signed photographs from each of the 12 astronauts to walk on the Moon
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    During the four years NASA operated its manned Apollo missions to the Moon (1968-1972), 12 men walked on the Lunar surface.

    A remarkable collection made up of signed photographs from each of the 12 Moonwalkers – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

    The photographs are presented in frames and feature excellent provenance, including shots of the original collector with five of the signers. It would be impossible to recreate today. Only four of the 12 survive and all are now in their 80s.

    This is an investment grade collection with huge potential.

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    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

    £8,950.00

    • A Neil Armstrong autograph with exceptional photographic provenance 

    In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. 

    He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total. Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.

    This is a C.R. Gibson company Autograph book measuring 6 inches x 4½ inches.

    The book contains various autographs including those of George Foster (baseball), Charley Pride (musician), Foster Brooks (comedian), Gerald Ford (President), Glen Campbell (musician), Pat Boone (musician), Bob Griese (football), Bob Hope (comedian).

    All the signatures were obtained at the annual 'Bogie Busters' golf tournament, which was held to raise funds for charity.

    In addition there is a Jim Irwin signature with handwritten annotation "To Ed, His love from the Moon, Jim Irwin, Apollo 15 (plus moon drawing), 21 Nov 1980".

    The Neil Armstrong autograph is clearly signed and occupies a single page within the autograph book. It is accompanied by an original colour photograph of a smiling Neil Armstrong at the golf event, alongside the recipient of the autograph.

    A very rare signature, uniquely documented by the accompanying photograph. Sold with a letter of provenance from the recipient of the autograph.

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    Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu

    £6,950.00

    • A menu Neil Armstrong signed at a restaurant in Tralee, Ireland in 1997
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    In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. 

    He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total. Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.

    A large dinner menu measuring approximately 8" x 12" for 'Larkins Restaurant' Tralee, Ireland neatly signed by Neil Armstrong in black pen.

    Armstrong and his wife Carol were guests of honour at the dinner during their visit to Ireland on 19th April 1997, during which they opened an exhibition on Space Exploration at the Kerry Museum in Tralee.

    The dinner was hosted by Dick Spring, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Ireland at the time.

    The menu is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ann Golden, the wife of Seamus Chamberlain the Irish representative to the European Space Agency at the time. It's in fine condition and signed during a time when Armstrong was famed for his refusal to sign autographs.

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    Neil Armstrong Hairdressing Scissors & Comb

    £25,000.00

    • One of the most talked about pieces of Neil Armstrong memorabilia
    • Used to cut the hair of the first man on the Moon
    • Accompanied by 25 strands of Neil Armstrong's hair

    In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. 

    He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total. Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.

    This is a pair of scissors and a comb used by Neil Amstrong's barber, Marx Sizemore, to cut the Moonwalker's hair.

    They are accompanied by 25 strands of Armstrong's hair.

    In May 2005, Neil Armstrong became involved in a legal battle with barber Marx Sizemore of Lebanon, Ohio, after finding that the barber was selling off cuts of his hair to memorabilia hunters.

    Armstrong threatened legal action unless the hair was returned or the sale proceeds donated to charity. Following Sizemore making the charitable donation, the scissors & comb used by the barber have been held in a private collection.

    Provenance

    This is a well documented collection.

    Included in the sale are copies of the legal correspondence between Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Armstrong's legal representatives, and barber Marx Sizemore.

    Also included are sworn testimonies from Sizemore declaring the hair to be genuine:

    "This is to inform you that I have been the barber of record of Neil Armstrong since October 1999. I generally cut his hair once a month. This is the, Neil Armstrong, who was an astronaut for N.A.S.A. and the first man to walk on the moon. I do attest that the hair clippings submitted to you are his hairs that I cut from his head."

    There is another Sizemore document authenticating the scissors used to cut Armstrong's hair.

    A notarised Public State of Colorado document is also included, detailing how the original purchaser obtained the hair from Marx Sizemore.

    Rarity

    Since 1994, Neil Armstrong ceased signing autographs as he found out that many forgeries were selling for large amounts of money.

    Armstrong's is now considered to be one the most valuable and best-performing signatures. 

    An estimated 600 million people tuned in to watch the launch of Apollo 11 and so it comes as no surprise that memorabilia related to the mission and its astronauts is highly sought after.

    Combine this demand with the shortage of Neil Armstrong signed memorabilia out there and it becomes apparent why personal items such as this comb, scissors and hair, are incredibly rare.

    History of hair collecting

    Hair collecting was hugely popular in the Victorian era. Military officer, Robert E. Lee would regularly give away a sample of his hair instead of an autograph.

    A curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Harry Rubenstein, says "more so than an autograph, it was a sign of affection".

    The poet Leigh Hunt is known to have had a collection of hair from 21 notable figures inducing Edgar Allen Poe, John Keats and George Washington. This collection is currently on display in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

    Comparables

    The value of the 25 off-cuts of hair alone should not be underestimated... A single strand of Elvis Presley hair recently sold for £1,055 ($1,750) at auction.

    Also in recent years locks from Babe Ruth have sold for $38,000 at auction, John Lennon for $48,000, Elvis and Che Guevara for $119,500. Even teen sensations Justin Bieber's hair has sold at auction for $40,668.

    The price of Armstrong memorabilia soared at the recent Apollo 11 40th Anniversary celebrations. A personal cheque signed by Neil Armstrong on the day of his lunar mission sold for a record $27,350. That's 54 times the minimum bid price of $500.

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  • Charles Lindbergh Spirit St Louis
    • One of the largest pieces of original Spirit of St Louis fabric ever offered for sale
    • Signed by Charles Lindbergh
    • Provenance from the collection of James E. Morrow - a member of the welcoming committee that greeted Lindbergh after his historic flight
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    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle, was a pioneering aviator who began his illustrious career in the skies as an US Air Mail pilot.

    At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927.

    The event rocketed him to international fame, and there was "tremendous public hysteria" in America. He was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

    His fame meant that he was able to champion the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

    Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre.

    Following the second world war, Lindbergh styled himself as an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man. 

    An extraordinary piece of aviation history.

    An original piece of fabric from the famed airplane The Spirit of St Louis - among the largest ever offered for sale. The fabric measures approximately 2" x 3" and is signed 'C. A. Lindbergh' in fountain pen by world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    It is in fine, clean condition.

     

    The fabric is dated "Sept 6 - 1927" in a separate hand. This indicates that it was signed by Lindbergh while in Montana. That same day, he flew from Butte to Helena, returning on September 7 for several days rest as part of his US tour funded by Harry Guggenheim.

    The fabric would have been taken from the Spirit of St Louis during essential repairs carried out after landing.

    While small pieces of the Spirit of St Louis have appeared at auction, it is rare to find examples of this size. Items signed by Charles Lindbergh are even rarer, and are extremely sought after by aviation collectors, making this the undoubted highlight of your collection.

    Provenance

    The unusually large piece of cloth was acquired by James E. Morrow, a member of the welcoming committee for the triumphant American tour following Lindbergh’s historic flight.

    Morrow was a relative of Anne Spencer Morrow, who became Mrs. Charles Lindbergh in 1929. James E. Morrow was also the name of Anne’s paternal grandfather.

    Soon after Lindbergh’s return from France, millionaire aviation enthusiast Harry Guggenheim dipped into a promotional fund he had set up with his father, Daniel, to sponsor a nationwide tour for Lindbergh and the plane that he had made famous.

    Over a three-month period from July to October 1927, Lindbergh flew and touched down the Spirit of St. Louis in all forty-eight states, gave hundreds of speeches, and rode in countless parades, where he was greeted as a conquering hero by unprecedented adoring throngs.

    At the conclusion of the tour, Morrow presented the item to his daughter, Vera M. Morrow (1907–2004), who had earlier accompanied him to the legendary ticker-tape parade for Lindbergh in Manhattan on June 21, 1927.

    This exceptional piece of aviation history is available on our layaway plan with the option to spread payment over 12-18 months.

     

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