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Charles Lindbergh Signed Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $705
Original matte-finish photograph signed by Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974), American aviator. Lindbergh is pictured in formal attire and has signed the photo “C. A. Lindbergh” in black fountain pen. Fortunately, Lindbergh has scripted this name along the right border, where it contrasts extremely well against the light background, grading “8.” Written along the bottom border, in black fountain pen, are what appears to be the address and name of the photographer: “47 rue Dumont d’Urville – G. L. Manuel Freres.” The year, “1927,” written in a different shade of ink, appears directly after the name. If the year is correct, it is very likely that this photo was taken and signed very shortly after Lindbergh made his historic nonstop solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927. That incredible feat (he was the first person to make such a flight) not only made him an instant international celebrity but also earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. In the 1930s his name again commanded headlines, this time tragically, when his infant son was kidnapped and then murdered. During World War II he received negative press for his stance on neutrality, but later offered his services to the military and flew in over fifty combat missions (as a civilian) in 1944 in the Pacific. Following the war he became a chief consultant for Pan American World Airways. This is an extremely high-quality professional print, ideal for display, and one that captures “Lucky Lindy” at the height of his fame and career. The photo (8 x 11 inches) displays surface paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in an album and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $705
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