Many of us have heard of Amelia Earhart , if not in history then thanks to the movie National Treasure (seen below). However fact remains that Amelia was in real life a dare-devil , a woman who did not believe in limits. The first to receive the United States distinguished flying cross for being the first solo woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Earhart also set several other records besides writing some best selling books about her flying experiences.
Unfortunately, the last that anyone heard of Amelia is shortly before her circum-navigational trip of the world in 1937 when her aircraft disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean. Her personal artifacts since then have been highly prized – for example a pair of flight goggles owned by her were last auctioned for $140,000. Another pair is now available for purchase. The glass on the left side of these goggles has cracked from a crash (which in my humble opinion makes it a lot better then mint condition). These goggles finally sold for $17,000. The goggles are what best describes Amelia and rarely come up for auction.
Earhart reportedly wore the goggles that sold in the auction during her first crash, while learning to fly with instructor Neta Snook, at Goodyear Field in Southern California in 1921. The goggles previously were owned by Barbara Englehardt, a Contra Costa County resident who got them from a friend about 20 years ago. In addition to the goggles, 24 photographs were auctioned off Sunday morning for a total of $13,509. The photographs included shots of Earhart making preparations for her round-the-world flight, as well as her plane taking off on March 17, 1937 (just prior to her disappearance).
The auction managed to raise a total of $31,000.