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

Published 16/11/2016

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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