Jun 27, 2024 - Sale 2675

Sale 2675 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(AVIATION.) M. Rol & Co., photographers. Wilbur Wright demonstrating his Model A to French aviators ("Pret a porter au signal"). Silver print, 7 x 5 inches, captioned in lower margin, with inked photographer's stamp on verso; moderate wear. [Le Mans, France, August 1908]

Additional Details

When Wilbur Wright brought the Wright Flyer to Le Mans, France in 1908, he showed skeptical French aviators that he could fly in circles, which they had been unable to accomplish. This photograph shows him in his plane prior to taking off.

Provenance: from a private French collection; Swann sale, 7 February 2008, lot 49.