Treasures From Steve Fossett Estate To Be Auctioned Off

Steve Miller
October 18, 2018 - 7:21 pm

One of the late Steve Fossett's artifacts. (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The estate of adventurer Steve Fossett will be auctioned off Oct. 30 and 31.

Fossett and his wife, Peggy, had a large collection of art and books.

Gretchen Hause, the director of fine books and manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, showed us some of the Fossetts' books.

"This is the first printed book about Africa written by an African, which makes it very interesting. The book was published in 1600,” she said.

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"This is another beauty,” Corbin Horn, senior specialist in decorative arts at Hindman, referring to a naked figure in marble.

"That is a sarcophagus fragment,” he explained. “People would want to see themselves idealized like this in the afterlife. Whoever paid for this to be carved thought very highly of themselves and wanted themselves represented almost as a deity, like this guy."

The pre-sale estimate, which is conservative, on the sarcophagus fragment is $15,000 to $20,000.

Steve Fossett was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon.

He died in a plane crash 11 years ago at the age of 63.

His wife Peggy died last year.

For more information about the Fossett items for sale, click here.