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1935 Official Press Pass to the Trial of Bruno Hauptmann - Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $360

Official press pass issued for the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, held in Flemington, New Jersey, in 1935. The orange pass, numbered "182," granted entry to reporter "Anna Rupp + One," for the court proceedings held on the "Afternoon of Friday, January 25, 1935." The written date "Jan 18/35" denotes the date the pass was issued. The pass displays four boxes to identify the pass holder's status (Witness, Press, Photographer, or Bar); however, no box is checked on this example. The trial of Bruno Hauptmann, who was accused of kidnapping and murdering the young son of Charles Lindbergh in 1934, was one of the most widely publicized trials in United States history and is often referred to today as the "Trial of the Century." The trial ran from January 2nd through February 3rd, with each day's testimony and evidence making front-page news across the country. Hauptmann was ultimately found guilty of the crime and was executed on April 3, 1936. The pass (4.5 x 3.5 inches), which is printed on cardboard stock, displays two circular embossed seals (too faint to read), a number of moderate creases, and a few small, light stains. In Very Good condition. Accompanying the pass, and perfect for display alongside it, is an original International News photo (5 x 7 inches) of Hauptmann as he appeared at the trial. The photo is complete with its original paper caption, dated 1/4/35, affixed to the reverse. Ex-Mt. Total: 2 items (pass and photo). Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $360

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