Memorabilia from historic first trans-Pacific flight to auction The $30,000-50,000 valued collection features in One of a Kind Collectibles Auctions' Rare Autographs, Manuscripts and Aviation sale hosted on JustCollecting.
News-Antique.com - Oct 20,2016 - The auction also stars a signed photograph of Albert Einstein
Lewis Carroll's personal copy of The Hunting of the Snark also up for grabs
Bidding ends on Thursday, October 27
Aviation collectors can swoop on a once-in-a-generation opportunity on October 27, when a collection of unique artefacts from the first trans-Pacific flight goes to auction.
In 1928, Charles Kingsford Smith and his three man crew flew the first successful Pacific Ocean crossing. Between May 31 and June 9, Kingsford Smith piloted the Southern Cross monoplane 7,250 miles from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia stopping only to refuel in Hawaii and Fiji.
The items offered in a single lot include the contract signed between Kingsford Smith, co-pilot Charles Ulm and navigator Harry Lyon. It stipulates Lyon would receive $1,500 for the trip and was forbidden to give interviews until back in the US.
Valued at $30,000-50,000, the collection also features a signed letter from Kingsford Smith to Lyon, original photos and press clippings.
"The crew's pioneering aviation achievement made them instant celebrities during a Golden Age of aviation exploration," explains One of a Kind's David Gindy.
"The later disappearances, on separate expeditions, of both Smith and Ulm, contributes to the scarcity of material related to this landmark of aviation."
Further standout lots:
Also auctioning is Lewis Carrolls personal first edition copy of his The Hunting of the Snark, which he has signed "CLD" and dated "Mar. 30 1876", the day after publication. Valued at $10,000-15,000.
Estimated at $8,000-10,000 is a striking Hector Berlioz signed and handwritten musical quotation. It bears seven bars from the love scene of his Romeo et Juliette choral symphony. The French composer has signed "H. Berlioz" in black ink, adding the date, "1 Decembre 1856".
A signed colour photo of Albert Einstein is another leading lot. Depicting Einstein at repose with his pipe, the great thinker has signed beautifully in ink. Valued at $2,500 to $3,000.
An autograph album containing the signatures of Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison also features. It has a $2,000-3,000 estimate.
The auction has 356 lots of fascinating history in all.
Online auctioneer JustCollecting is hosting the October 27 sale: https://www.justcollecting.com/collection/rare-autographs-manuscripts-and-aviation-auction
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