Saturday 22 July 2017

Cap worn by Charles Lindbergh on famous trans-Atlantic flight fails to sell

The leather cap of Captain Charles Lindbergh (AP)
The leather cap of Captain Charles Lindbergh (AP)

The aviation cap worn by Charles Lindbergh during his famed 1927 trans-Atlantic flight to France has failed to sell at auction.

Bidding on the floppy brown leather cap that buttons around the chin reached 52,000 euro (£45,000) - below the minimum set price of 60,000 euro (£51,000) - the Druout auction house said.

Pre-auction estimates for what was billed as an exceptional sale went as high as 86,000 US dollars (£69,000).

The aviator cap was discovered by a Parisian family in their garden days after the 25-year-old Lindbergh flew his plane solo from New York to Le Bourget in the Paris suburbs.

Auctioneer Nicholas Couvrand said the cap had fallen off during a later flight when Lindbergh did "a loop" in the air.

The cap kept Lindbergh warm during the gruelling 33-hour air voyage that propelled the previously unknown air mail pilot to international fame.

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