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Lot No. 80

Auction No. 25
Category Airmails - Australia
Est. $9000
Status SOLD $9000



1928 (31st May) United States to Australia Trans-Pacific flight by Kingsford Smith in the "Southern Cross" with US 2c Washington tied by Oakland Calif May 29 10AM duplex cancel. 1½d KGV pair tied by Sydney 14 JE 28 cds. Typed address to Mr SM Wagner c/o General Delivery, Oakland, California & then re-addressed "Care CF Lienesch Union Oil Bldg. Los Angeles, California, USA" in manuscript. The same name as the sender typed top left, "CF Lienesch, 617 Union Oil Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal. U.S.A.". Incls his original typed letter on Union Oil Company of California personalised to him letterheaded paper explaining the accompanying cover "will be carried to Australia by the "Southern Cross" airplane on the first trans-Pacific flight made by man". He also explains that Kingsford Smith & Ulm have become very good friends during the preparation for this flight. Signed "C.F. Lienesch". The env is signed by Charles Kingsford Smith & appears to have been gone over again either because the pen didn't work or he was signing on an uneven surface. Some light staining & heavy wear at left but understandably "worn". The lot is also accompanied by the 1935 Kingsford Smith bronze commemorative medal in excellent untarnished cond. An exceedingly rare cover with only 4 flown on the entire journey. AAMC 122, Cat. $25,000 (plate 3)


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