A series of never-before-seen photos of Amelia Earhart preparing for her fateful flight as well as goggles she wore in a previous crash are now up for auction; they almost never made it this far because they were almost thrown out.
Earhart's flight instructor Neta Snook kept the mementos, then gave them to her daughter some 40 years ago. The woman never even opened the bag.
"I thought at the time it was just old papers that weren't needed anymore," she said according to the Daily Mail. "But something said not to throw it out. I don't know why, but something just kept telling me, 'Get that back out of that bag.'"
She finally opened it and discovered the treasure trove. They include photos of Earhart getting a haircut (above), packing and going over weather charts before the flight in 1937. The plane carrying Earhart and her navigator was never seen again.
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The items are going to auction at a gallery in Oakland, California on September 10 and 11. The goggles are expected to fetch upwards of $40,000, and the photos should sell for several hundred dollars apiece. Here are some of the items:
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