December 5, 2013 - EAA thanks all who graciously participated in the annual Spirit of the Holidays Online Auction, which concluded Monday. Together we raised a total of $68,251.53 - about $18,000 more than what was raised in 2012.
These funds will be used to help fund EAA programs that support historic preservation and engage young people in aviation. Top-performing items included a B-17 type rating that went for $40,000, the keys to drive Red 5 at AirVenture 2014 for $4,650, and a golf cart package for AirVenture 2014 for $4,500.
Artwork and collectible items also did well, led by the Tuskegee Airman signed captain's hat, which generated 50 bids and eventually sold for $1,155.03; the Robert Bailey Avenging Strike print, 47 bids, $915; and the autographed P-51 Paul I model, which went for $510.
Other items generating the most bids included the B-17 Skin with Commemorative Postcard and Nokia Lumia phone with 47 bids each, and the Burt Rutan autographed photo with 45 bids.
Thanks again to all participants, bidders, and auction item donors!