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    CARDWELL HIGGINS (American, 1902-1983)
    Eastern Airlines Ad Illustration
    Pen and ink on paper
    11.5 x 8.5 in.
    Not signed
    This illustration is framed along side an 12.5 x 9 in. photograph inscribed,
    "To my dear friend Cardwell S. Higgins -- Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker."

    The highly decorated World War I flying ace and iconic American war hero Captain Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973) helped create and operate Eastern Airlines later in his career. In 1935, when General Motors gained ownership of Eastern Air Transport, they asked Rickenbacker to manage the company. With outside help he then merged Eastern Air Transport with Florida Airways to form Eastern Airlines. Under Rickenbacker, Eastern Airlines, based in Miami, became a major international transportation company. In 1938 when Rickenbacker learned that GM was selling Eastern he bought the company and remained as CEO until 1959. Higgins and Rickenbacker were friends prior to the forming of Eastern Airlines, and this photograph is dated 1930. This piece is known to have been one of Charles Martignette's most treasured items.

    From the Estate of Charles Martignette.


    Condition Report*: This piece is matted and framed to an overall size of 21 x 30 in.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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