Airline memorabilia arriving Oct. 13 at Peekaboo Gallery auction


Two-piece set of porcelain signs from the Eastern Airlines passenger flight stairs used for the arrival and departure of Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Estimate: $3,500-$7,500. Peekaboo Gallery image

LOS ANGELES – Peekaboo Gallery will launch its inaugural pop-up auction event of airline memorabilia, Friendly Skies: The Art of High Altitude Travel, on Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Collectors from around the globe will have the opportunity to bid on over 150 rare and nostalgic items including a scarce and historical piece of American history. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

One of the most intriguing items in the auction is a rare two-piece set of porcelain signs (above) from a passenger flight stairs for Eastern Airlines. The exact sign can be seen in film and photos on the flight stairs leading up to Air Force One at Love Field where President John F. Kennedy landed in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Both he and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy can be seen exiting the plane using these stairs on the day he was assassinated.

The only other known specimen is in the Smithsonian Flight Museum in Washington, D.C. The sign in the Peekaboo Gallery auction has been photo matched to period images. The rarity of this sign coming up for auction makes it a cornerstone to any JFK, vintage airline or Eastern Airlines collection. The large wing measures 91 inches long by 17¼ inches high. The round eagle logo, which works over the wing to swivel in a horizontal position, measures 27¾ inches in diameter.


A selection of stewardess uniforms to be sold. Peekaboo Gallery image

Other highlights include a vast collection of vintage flight attendant uniforms covering the 1940s to the 1990s, some by such renowned designers as Emilio Pucci and Edith Head.


Braniff International Emilio Pucci, ‘Pucci II: Ports of Call Collection,’ stewardess serving dress, size 2, 1965-1967. Estimate: $600-$800. Peekaboo Gallery image

An original 1970 Peter Max Pan Am 747 silkscreen poster (below) and original Delta Airlines travel poster production paintings are featured in the auction.


Rare 1969 Peter Max Boeing 747 Pan Am psychedelic poster, 42 x 28in, linen backed. Estimate: $2,500-$4,500. Peekaboo Gallery image

Other extraordinary artifacts include a TWA Constellation travel agency model and an incredible selection of vintage passenger flight bags, dinnerware and programs from many airlines, which evoke the glamour and excitement of yesteryear.


1930s airline executive promotional ashtray, 33in high. Estimate: $500-$800. Peekabo gallery image

Peekaboo Gallery, known as the Pop Culture Time Machine and experiential gallery, is also producing pop-auctions of rare, exclusive memorabilia from various genres. It is the brainchild of veteran animator and producer, Jordan Reichek. Future pop-up auctions will include various themed collections celebrating 20th-century pop culture.