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An amazing typed manuscript of an essay entitled “What Clement Ader Did,” which was published in the May 1912 edition of The Aero Club of America Bulletin, 10 pages, 8.5 x 11, signed on the last page in black ink, “Wilbur Wright,” with a couple of additional ink notations in the hand of his brother Orville Wright.The essay begins: “Clement Ader was a French electrical…

Sold For: $67,333 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Vintage oversized matte-finish 10.75 x 14 bust portrait, by Cornwell of Dayton, Ohio, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “For Roy G. Fitzgerald, with best wishes, Orville Wright.” In very good condition, with missing lower left corner tip, scattered silvering around edges and signature, light soiling to borders, and a few spots to facial area of image. Roy Fitzgerald (1875–196…

Sold For: $1,785 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

British businessman (1877–1910) who, with his partner Frederick Henry Royce, founded one of the most legendary firms in automotive history. Scarce ALS in French, signed “C. S. Rolls,” one page, personal letterhead, June 10, 1910. Letter to noted French aviator Paul Tissandier. In full (translated): “Thank you so much for your kind telegram. Please let me know if you have br…

Sold For: $1,246 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original glossy 4.25 x 6.25 full-length photo of Wilbur Wright standing outdoors in France. Reverse bears an M. Rol & Co. photographer’s stamp and cropping notations. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $270 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original 4.5 x 6.5 full-length press photo of Wilbur Wright standing outdoors in Le Mans, France, in 1908. Reverse bears several notations and an M. Rol & Co. photographer’s stamp. In very good condition, with scattered wrinkling from mounting remnants on reverse. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original 4.5 x 6.5 press photo of Wilbur Wright, Leon Bollee, the Wright’s American business agent Hart O. Berg, and another gentleman conferring in front of a Wright Flyer at Le Mans Aeroclub in 1908. Reverse bears an M. Rol & Co. photographer’s stamp and ink notations. In fine condition, with trimmed edges. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $296 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original 4.75 x 6.5 photo of Wilbur Wright engaged in discussion with three men in front of a Wright Flyer. Reverse bears a Photographe du Journal stamp. Missing lower left corner, a bit of scattered light soiling, and mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original 4.5 x 6.5 press photo of Wilbur Wright tending to a line by his Wright Flyer in Le Mans in 1908. Reverse bears an Agence Internationale photographer’s stamp and a couple of pencil notations. In fine condition, with a bit of light silvering and some scattered light surface marks. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original 4.5 x 6.5 press photo of Wilbur at the controls of his 1907 Wright Flyer shortly before his first European flight at Les Hunaudieres race course near Le Mans, France, on August 8, 1908. Reverse bears an M. Rol & Co. photographer’s stamp. In fine condition, with some scattered light silvering. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $1,675 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original glossy 9.25 x 7 photo of a Wright Flyer just feet off the ground as a crowd looks on, presumably taken from a demonstration in France. Photo is affixed to a 13.5 x 10.25 mount. In fine condition, with a bit of scattered light wear to finish. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $530 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original photo of a Wright Model A in flight over the grandstands at Rheims. Photo is affixed to an 11 x 11.5 mount. In fine condition, with a bit of trivial silvering and a couple of edge dings to mount. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $943 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Glossy 6 x 4.5 photo of Orville and Katharine Wright feeding hay to a head of oxen, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to French aviator Paul Tissandier, “To our friend M. Paul Tissandier, Katharine Wright, March 9, 1909.” Photo is affixed to a 6.5 x 4.75 mount. In fine condition, with several edge notations inherent to photo. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $437 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Unsigned book: La Navigation Aerienne. Paris: Librairie Commerciale, 1907. Hardcover, 8.5 x 12, 71 pages. Book bears an owner’s signature on the reverse of the first free end page and three multi-layered color schematics, including one of the Wright Flyer. In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling, partial separation to back hinge, and wear to covers. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $270 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Unsigned book: L’Epopee Aerienne. Paris: H. Dunod et E. Pinat, 1910. Hardcover, 13.75 x 10, 104 pages. End of book holds five color fold-out multi-layered schematics of various aircraft, including a Wright Flyer and Bleriot’s monoplane. In very good condition, with several loose pages, weak binding, moderate wear to covers and spine, and some fraying to spine. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $312 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original booklet entitled “L’Aeroplane des Freres Wright,” 5.5 x 8.75, 22 pages, printed in 1908, and featuring a pull-out diagram of a Wright Flyer. In very good condition, with scattered toning and soiling, owner’s stamp to title page, some edge tears to fold-out, pencil remnants to front cover, and a few small separations to binding. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original French booklet entitled “Les Premiers Hommes-Oiseaux [The First Men-Birds],” 6.25 x 9.5, 78 pages, printed in Paris and dated 1908. Inside bears images of the Wright Brothers, diagrams, and photos of the Wright Flyer. In fine condition, with expected light toning and soiling to covers and mild handling wear. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $270 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original German booklet entitled "Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Luftschiffahrt," 7 x 10 pages, dated July 15, 1908. Front cover is stamped "From the private library of Orville Wright," and is signed underneath by his executor Harold S. Miller. In fine condition, with some scattered light toning, and mild handling wear.

Sold For: $148 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original French journal entitled "Les Aeroplanes de 1910," 9 x 10.75, published by Librairie Aeronautique in Paris, with photos and descriptions of several different aircraft, including the Wright Flyer. In fine condition, with scattered handling wear.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original French magazine entitled “L’Assiette au Beurre,” January 1909, 9.5 x 12.5, featuring several color illustrations inside. In very good condition, with partial separation to both covers, several small areas of paper loss to edges of cover, a few loose pages, and scattered light soiling. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Five original issues of Le Petit Journal, all 12 x 17.5, ranging in date from 1909–1913, with the 1913 issue featuring an image of a Wright Flyer soaring over the countryside. In very good condition, with central horizontal folds, scattered toning (heavier to some issues), and scattered edge tears. RR Auction COA.

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Vintage Zeppelin airship tobacco card collector’s album from 1932, in German, 13.5 x 9.5, complete with over 200 small photo cards affixed on the appropriate pages. Images include aerial views of different destinations including New York, Cairo, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, London and Japan; construction and in-flight photos, and portraits of Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin and Hugo Eckener. In overa…

Unsold: $0 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Collection of approximately 185 items relating to dirigibles, consisting primarily of commemorative covers and postcard photos, with several other formats also included. Highlights of the collection include covers flown on the Graf Zeppelin in the 1930s; two separate pieces of aluminized outer fabric of the Graf Zeppelin, including one swatch presented to the first female passenger, Clara Adams, b…

Sold For: $858 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Flown metal fragment from the Hindenburg retrieved from its crash site, matted within a limited edition display featuring an image of the ill-fated dirigible, numbered 117/500, and framed to an overall size of 17 x 14. In fine condition. This relic was recovered from the wreckage by Chief William A. Buckley of the US Navy after the airship hit the ground at Lakehurst, New Jersey, on May 6, 1937. R…

Sold For: $730 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details

Original swatch of fabric from the Curtiss NC-4 airplane. Swatch measures 1.75 x 1.75 and is affixed to a presentation certificate which incorporates an image of the aircraft, lists the crew, and provides background information about the historic 4000-mile transatlantic flight. Framed to an overall size of 15.75 x 21. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.

Sold For: $530 (w/BP) Auction #429 - May 22, 2014 View Details