RR Auctions in Amherst, N.H., will be hosting an extraordinary collectibles auction on Nov. 21 that will feature some of the most exceptional items from aviation and space history.
Taking place concurrently on iCollector.com, the auction will feature lots with profound ties to some of the most important moments and people of the 20th century. Historical documents and artifacts relating to the Wright brothers, Neil Armstrong and Charles Lindbergh are among the highlights of the auction, but those are just the tip of the iceberg, as anyone with an interest in the history of flight will be able to find something to sate their desire.
Orville and Wilbur
Every child in America has heard the story of the Wright brothers' first flight in Kitty Hawk, N.C., but at the Nov. 21 auction, bidders will have the opportunity to actually touch and feel some of the rarest and most exceptional pieces associated with their remarkable accomplishments.
A 10-page typed manuscript written by Wilbur Wright and published in the May 1912 edition of The Aero Club of America Bulletin (lot #2), is one of the most unique antiques and collectibles an auction hunter or aeronautical history collector could ever hope to come across. In it, Wright discusses the French electrical engineer Clement Ader, who spent much of his time in the late 19th century studying the idea of human flight.
Some fascinating items pertaining to Orville Wright will also be on the block, including two pencil sketches he drew up and sent to French aviator Charles Dollfus in 1920 (lot #14).
The most famous man of the 1920s
In terms of public admiration, Charles Lindbergh was a rock star, astronaut and sports hero all wrapped into one during the peak of his popularity in the 1920s. The main reason he was such an important figure in that time because he was the first man to make a transatlantic flight, and a piece of the plane he took on that journey – The Spirit of St. Louis – will be among the Lindbergh-associated items available on Nov. 21 (lot #38).
To the moon
Several lots relating to the Apollo 11 mission, which took Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the moon, will also be up for bid. Among them are several pages from the mission's flight plan. It's a collection that will give winning bidders special insight into the first manned mission to the moon, and for those who can't make it to New Hampshire, iCollector.com is the only place to pick them up.