Jun 05, 2018 - Sale 2480

Sale 2480 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 1,000
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Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(AMERICAN ARTIST / AIRCRAFT.)
"Gee Bee Model Z Super Sportster." Illustration of the airplane at Springfield, Massachusetts Airport. Gouache on board. 305x418 mm; 12x16 1/2 inches, image, on 15x20-inch board. Unsigned. Framed.

Additional Details

The Granville Gee Bee Model Z was an American racing aircraft of the 1930s, the first of the Super Sportster aircraft built by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts, with the sole intent of winning the Thompson Trophy, which it did in 1931. However, it soon suffered a fatal crash during a world speed record attempt, starting the reputation of the Gee Bee aircraft as killers.