THE RED BARON, Baron Manfred von Richthofen. 1892-1918. German, c.1918.
Lot 1188
THE RED BARON, Baron Manfred von Richthofen. 1892-1918.
German, c.1918.
US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£ 8,500 - 13,000

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
THE RED BARON, Baron Manfred von Richthofen. 1892-1918.
German, c.1918. A section of red painted canvas, the verso with text in purple ink "Fabric off Aeroplane in which Baron von Richthofen was killed in aerial combat April 21st/18. Buried at Bertangles April 22nd/18," light surface varnish, the section with crack down central fold and a few abrasions, 135 x 175 mm.
Provenance: collection of P.J. Carisella, with documentation.

A piece of the Red Baron's Aeroplane, recovered from the wreckage at his death site, and formerly owned by P.J.Carisella. Carisella, from Massachusetts, had a world-renowned collection on the Baron which was said to be the best outside of the Australian Imperial War Museum. He wrote one of the definitive works on the Red Baron, Who Killed the Red Baron. The Final Answer, published in 1969. His basement was filled with his large collection of Baron material, including over 1,400 letters from flyers of both sides, and other witnesses to his tragic death.
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