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  • Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu
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    Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu

    £1,500.00

    Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu

    For Sale: £1,500.00

    Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) came to fame with his Orteig prize-winning solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The U.S. army reserve officer travelled a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles in the Spirit of St. Louis, a single-seat, single-engine monoplane. Awarded a Medal of Honour for his exploit, he was rocketed to international fame, which culminated in the kidnap and murder of his son, which was dubbed the "Crime of the Century".

    In addition to being an aviator, Lindbergh was an accomplished author, explorer, inventor and social activist. His impressive and pioneering feats in aviation have led him to become one of the most valuable and sought after pilots for collectors.

    This menu card from Club Cartagena details the menu options for a banquet held in honour of Lindbergh. He has signed the top left space of the card in blue ink. Other signatures and handwritten text feature on the reverse. Some smudging to the ink, light toning and folding.

    A unique piece of memorabilia.

  • Charles Lindbergh signed photograph
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    Charles Lindbergh signed photograph

    £9,500.00


    Charles Augustus Lindbergh

    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.

    The photo would make an amazing museum quality display piece if coupled with the signed fabric of the Spirit of St Louis

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

    For Sale: £395.00

    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 8½" x 11".

    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 planetary science.

    This sheet has been signed "Clyde W. Tombaugh, 31 July 1984" in blue ink across the bottom.

    The sheet features some archive folds which do not affect the autograph. Otherwise in excellent condition.

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

    £2,500.00

    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

    For Sale: £2,500.00

    • Signed sketch of the Solar System from astronomer Clyde Tombaugh

    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.

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

    For Sale: £395.00

    American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is best known for discovering the planet Pluto. He also discovered many asteroids (nearly 800) and the first object in what would later become known as the Kuiper Belt. He had a great interest in alien life and called for serious scientific research into UFOs.

    Tombaugh would often share his own, tongue in cheek, version of the Ten Commandments during talks. His version, is called Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter, and reads 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 8½" x 11".

    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 planetary science.

    This copy has been inscribed by Tombaugh: "To Rev. William Ward, with best wishes, Clyde W. Tombaugh, 7 May 1984".

    The sheet features some archive folds but is otherwise in excellent condition.

    The autograph and inscription from Clyde Tombaugh feature clearly across the top of the page.

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

    £495.00

    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    For Sale: £495.00

    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.

    Scott was a key player in the "Stamp Incident". He embarrassed NASA by taking 398 commemorative first day covers to the Moon, with the intention of selling them upon his return. 100 were sold to a German stamp dealer. It was intended that the stamps would provide trust funds for the Apollo 15 crew's children.

    By trying to profit from the Apollo 15 mission, the crew had breached NASA's rules. An example of was made of Scott and his crew, and none of them flew in space again. The embarrassment did not destroy his career, however, and he became Center Director of NASA's Flight Research Centre, 1975-1977.

    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.

  • Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance
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    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

    £8,950.00

    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

    For Sale: £8,950

    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) was an American astronaut famed for being the first man to walk on the Moon.

    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.




  • Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu
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    Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu

    £6,950.00

    Neil Armstrong autographed menu

    For Sale: £6,950.00

    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). 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.

    The menu is in fine condition and features a fine example of Armstrong's signature during a period when he was famed for his refusal to sign autographs.

  • Neil Armstrong signed letter
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    Neil Armstrong signed letter

    £3,500.00

    Neil Armstrong autographed letter

    For sale: £3,500

    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012 ) became the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. A aerospace engineer, test pilot and university professor, he was dedicated to space exploration throughout his life.

    Autographed letter from Neil Armstrong sent to a child by air mail. Complete with Air Mail envelope, on embossed University of Cincinnati paper.

    Reads: ‘Best wishes to David Sparks, Neil Armstrong’ in blue ink.

    The envelope is date stamped Feb 28 ’75. In fine condition.

     

  • Original Fabric from the Spirit of St Louis signed by Charles Lindbergh
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    Largest original piece of Spirit of St Louis fabric signed by aviator Charles Lindbergh

    For Sale: £75,000

    • The largest piece of original Spirit of St Louis fabric we have seen
    • 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

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh

    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.

    Description

    An extraordinary piece of aviation history.

    An original piece of fabric from the famed airplane The Spirit of St Louis - the largest we have seen. 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.

    All items are guaranteed authentic and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and free insured worldwide delivery.