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BUYER FORKS OVER $5,000 FOR EARHART’S EMPTY TRUNK

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Luckily for antique collectors, Amelia Earhart didn't have all her luggage aboard when she disappeared trying to fly around the world in 1937.

A man paid $5,000 at an auction Saturday for a trunk the famed aviator left 61 years ago while visiting a local family farm in Sapulpa, Okla.The buyer, John Beighle, said he bought the empty, cedar-lined trunk for someone else and would not comment further.

The trunk bears a small metal plate inscribed with Earhart's name.

Louise Foudray, caretaker of the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, Kan., said Earhart's name appears on a line of luggage that may date to the 1920s. The museum has three pieces of luggage bearing her name.

"Amelia went a lot of places," she said. "Old towns in Oklahoma and Texas all have their stories about Amelia stopping there."