Amelia Earhart’s end may remain a mystery, but the famous aviator’s life is documented in a series of unpublished photographs that Clars Auction Gallery will be selling on September 10-11 in Oakland. More than twenty gelatin silver photographs from three private collections will be offered, along with a pair of Earhart’s Luxor No.6 flying goggles, complete with a crack from her first crash. They’re estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
Update: The goggles and photographs sold for $31,000.
Earhart’s flight instructor Neta Snook has written about the goggles in “I Taught Amelia to Fly,” a copy of which comes with the lot. Snook gave the goggles and their original aluminum case to a relative, who consigned them to Clars. Eighteen of the photographs come from another consignor, whose mother Earhart taught to fly. The images include a photograph of the Lockheed Electra 10E in which Earhart vanished, as well as pictures of her packing for her legendary flight and getting her hair cut at a barber shop. They’re estimated to sell for $600-$800 each.
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