November 28, 2023

DALLAS – The cap worn by celebrated aviator Amelia Earhart during her famous first flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928 sold for $825,000 in a late-February event at Heritage Auctions.

A young man found the cap on the ground after Earhart participated in the National Air Races in Cleveland in August 1929 and gifted it to a young woman named Ellie Brookhart. The leather flight cap had been in her family’s possession ever since.

Amelia Earhart's Flight Cap

Amelia Earhart’s leather flight cap sold for $825,000 at auction.

Earhart’s enormous celebrity during her brief but remarkable life – and the mystery surrounding her death – have kept her on the short list of the world’s greatest aviators and adventurers. The leather cap represents one of the most significant pre-war flight artifacts known.

“Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it,” Earhart famously said. “Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”

Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. She defied traditional gender roles from a young age. Earhart played basketball, took an auto repair course and briefly attended college. Earhart took her first airplane ride in California in December 1920 with famed World War I pilot Frank Hawks – and was forever hooked.


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