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January 26th, 2008... Arizona Challenger Space Center

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METEORITE

.25 inch thick slice of Brahin (bra-HEEN) Pallasite, 405 gm./14.4 oz. Nickel-Iron/Olivine crystal matrix. Polished and epoxy-coated for stability. First discovered in 1810 near Minsk, Belarus, Russia. They are the most affordable of the various pallasites. SEE DETAIL


ESTIMATE $300-$800
METEORITE

4mm thick, 10 gram slice of Zagami, a basaltic meteorite from Mars. The Mars connection is universally accepted by NASA, meteorite and mineral experts. In fact, they have actually pinpointed the area on Mars where this specimen likely came from. Typically this is sold as a gram of dust in a tiny glass vial for $1000. This is one of the largest pieces to ever come to market.

An eyewitness account of this meteorite fall was provided to Robert "Meteoriteman" Haag (who owns the full stone, and whom this specimen was consigned from) at the location. He related in his Meteorite Field Guide (1991) that a man who was chasing cows out of his cornfield near the village of Zagami Rock, Nigeria, suddenly heard a loud explosion and was buffeted by a pressure wave. Seconds later there was a puff of smoke and a thud about ten feet away. Fearing that an artillery shell had landed, the man waited for a few minutes before approaching the two-foot hole. The black rock was recovered and placed in a museum in Kaduna.

This was a "witnessed fall" which is a more valuable attribute. Such a large chunk also scores points.

ESTIMATE $9000-$12000
METEORITE/MEDALLION

The Halley's Comet Meteorite Medallion. 2" diameter (silver dollar-sized) 1 full ounce (28 gm) of Odessa meteorite.

This was produced by a entrepreneur in Tucson, who bit off more than he could chew. The front side was designed by Kim Poor, the back shows the orbits of Halley and the planets. But when it came to actually minting the coins, they found the unearthly, crystalline metal took over 4000 degrees heat to melt, hotter than the surface of the Sun. Fortunately, a new induction furnace was being developed in Arizona which did the trick, but then Oxygen impurities made the medallions brittle. That problem was overcome, but by this time the comet had come and gone. Only a few hundred were made, and only a handful are left.

ESTIMATE $150-$300
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 B&W glossy photo of John Glenn, Virgil 'Gus' Grissom and Alan Shepard in their silver space suits, in front of a Redstone rocket being readied for flight. Excellent condition. Autographed by all three on their suits in black ball-point. Personalized "to Ricky" near Mercury capsule. This rare photo of the first three Americans into space was supposedly taken before Shepard was chosen for the first flight. Back of photo is stained brown with dried mucilage, but it hasn't bled through or harmed the photo in nearly 50 years. SEE DETAIL


ESTIMATE $2000-$3500
AUTOGRAPHS

We've never before seen group 1,2 & 3 photos COMPLETELY signed by all men. The photos are a little faded, but not the autographs. Wow.
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ESTIMATE $17000-$25000
AUTOGRAPHS

Group 5 photo signed by all but Ed Givens, killed in a car crash. Photo is a large 20"x24", 32x28 framed.
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ESTIMATE $1500-$3500
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 NASA color glossy "gag" photo of the STS-6 crew dressed as characters from F-Troop, including "Sgt" Story Musgrave, making his first of six flights. A hoot! Mint condition.

ESTIMATE $150-$250
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 color glossy photo of the late Gordon Cooper, who inscribes his famous "Right Stuff" quote. SEE DETAIL


ESTIMATE $150-$300
FLOWN

Long sold-out, and a sought-after acrylic presentation. A part of the recovered Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom's sunken capsule, retrieved from the ocean depths (three miles) in 1999 and on display at the Kansas Cosmosphere, who restored it, and put these acrylics for sale to raise funds for the restoration. This appears to be a corroded elbow fitting, a rather substantial piece, given what was available. In the original packaging with COA. Freestanding.

ESTIMATE $700-$900

FLOWN

Framed top half (bottom sold) of the lunar photo reconnaissance map used by Stafford & Cernan in Snoopy, the first LM to the moon on Apollo 10, to settle on a landing site for Apollo 11.

Cernan cut a notch out of the map to hang it around the hand controller, to more easily follow the photo prompts amongst the landmarks which were speeding by.

Map also has numeous handwritrten calculations and notes, and shows the chosen landing area. Cernan signed the map as flown with his vintage "Eugene" shortly afterward. Map size 12"x24.5" Conservation framed to 20x33.

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ESTIMATE $2500-$5000
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 NASA litho of the late Greg Jarvis, killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion. Easily the hardest autograph to obtain of the Challenger seven.

ESTIMATE $4000-$35000
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 color glossy photo of Gordon Cooper's Mercury-Atlas, where Cooper fell asleep during a hold. He inscribes the photo accordingly. Unique. SEE DETAIL


ESTIMATE $200-$300
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 B&W rich sepia-toned photo of the Mercury Seven, signed by all. This is the finest example of this photo we've ever seen. Clear, bold signatures. Personalized "to Ricky" Good condition. Some small emulsion cracks upon close inspection do not detract. SEE DETAIL


ESTIMATE $5000-$6500
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 color red-numbered NASA glossy of the Gemini 10 crew, John Young & Michael Collins beneath the tracking antenna at Cape Canaveral, 1966. Rare.


ESTIMATE $2500-$3000
PATCH

EXTREMELY rare original Gemini 10 patch. From the collection of crewmember and designer Michael Collins.


ESTIMATE $250-$500
BOOK

APOLLO:AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT by Alan Bean, Andrew Chaikin 1998. Signed by Apollo 12 crew at their final appearance together in 1999, three weeks before Conrad's death, Also signed by author Chaikin.
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ESTIMATE $250-$400
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 B&W photo of Charles "Pete" Conrad standing beside Surveyor III, 1969. This is not a cheap Destiny-type photo, but has much better contrast and detail. This photo is becoming quite rare. Signed by Pete in person at the Apollo 12 crew's final appearance together in 1999, three weeks before Conrad's death.

ESTIMATE $250-$400
BOOK


NASA SP-350 APOLLO EXPEDITIONS TO THE MOON. Very desirable, out-of-print book, perfect for collecting Apollo personnel autographs. Great shape. Tons of photos, data, behind the scenes stuff.

ESTIMATE $100-$200
BOOK


Rarely seen.Chesley Bonestell's final, finest pictorial book, authored by Arthur C. Clarke. Published 1973. First published 1972. 90 pages lavishly illustrated with dozens of color and B&W paintings. Terrific shape. DJ intact, no tears.

ESTIMATE $250-$350
AUTOGRAPHS

Gemini Swanson cover signed by McDivitt and White, but on close inspection, is actually a Gemini 3 cover.

ESTIMATE $1000-$2500
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 color photo of Neil Armstrong,inscribed with "all good wishes." Obtained from Tom Walden, Galaxy Space.
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ESTIMATE $4500-$5500
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 color NASA red-numbered glossy of 33-year old John Young before his rookie flight aboard Gemini 3. Red-numbered NASA glossies are very desirable, and difficult-to-find.

ESTIMATE $600-$750
BOOK


NASA SP-362 APOLLO OVER THE MOON:A VIEW FROM ORBIT. Edited by Farouk El-Baz et. al. Rare, very desirable out-of-print book. Great shape. Tons of high-contrast lunar photos, from all 9 lunar missions. NASA has even created a WEBSITE by popular demand, but the book itself is better. Published 1978.

ESTIMATE $200-$400
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 NASA litho of the beautiful Judy Resnik, killed in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster. Uninscribed. Mint. SEE DETAIL

ESTIMATE $300-$500
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 NASA litho of Neil Armstrong, signed and inscribed to "Mr. Boyer's Science Class" Great condition.
ESTIMATE: $750-$1000
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 crew signed NASA Apollo 16 splashdown litho. Mint condition. Apollo 16's is a difficult and expensive crew to complete. Matching black signatures. A clever piece.

ESTIMATE $850-$1000
COVER

4x6 crew signed Apollo 14 cover, cancelled in Houston on the ascent date from Fra Mauro, mission cachet, franked with Paul Calle stamp.Good condition.
ESTIMATE $550-$700
COVER

4x6 crew signed Apollo 15 cover, cancelled at KSC on the launch date, mission cachet. Mint condition. Franked with Paul Calle stamp.

ESTIMATE $300-$450
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 crew signed unusual NASA un-numbered B&W photo of the Apollo 16 crew in the suit-up room. Everyone seems to be having fun, except the Commander, no doubt thinking about his responsibility. Mint condition. Blue NASA blurb on back.

ESTIMATE $900-$1050
COVER

4x6 crew signed Apollo 16 recovery force cover, cancelled aboard the Prime recovery ship USS Ticonderoga. Great condition.

ESTIMATE $850-$1050
AUTOGRAPHS

8x10 neatly crew-signed STS 51-L NASA litho. This is the Challenger crew tragically killed in 1986. Excellent condition. Matching pen autographs.

ESTIMATE $7000-$10000
AUTOGRAPH

8x10 color NASA red-numbered "media" glossy of 12th moonwalker Harrison "Jack" Schmitt in his white EVA suit. Mint condition.

ESTIMATE $200-$300
PATCH

Rare Apollo 11 "bio-garment" patch. See HERE for detailed info. This was the finest Apollo 11 produced, but was worn only for a short time, while the astronauts were transferred from the capsule to the isolation facility. Signed by Michael Collins, from his collection. Mint condition.

ESTIMATE $300-$600
AUTOGRAPH

NASA 8x10 glossy of the Apollo 11 launch. Signed by Collins.

ESTIMATE $350-$450
FLOWN

One of the last unsold flown "spoonbowls" in existence. From Apollo 17, this was a typical entree aboard lunar missions. A freeze-dried meal block would be reconstituted with a hot or cold water gun through the valve at lower right, then after a prescribed time, voila! an astronaut opened the double ziplocks and spooned the food out. The white velco square indicates this was meant for Jack Schmitt. This is Beef Pot Roast (yum!) Actual manifested and leftover crew consumables like this are very rare.

ESTIMATE $3500-$4500
AUTOGRAPH

NASA 8x10 glossy of CMP Ken Mattingly's Apollo 16 EVA (Wearing John Young's helmet) Charlie Duke looks on. Signed by Mattingly

ESTIMATE $250-$450
ART

Professionally framed popular but rare (edition 200) long since sold out. Apollo:Navy to the Moon by artist Robert Rasmussen, has the original signatures of Lovell, Cernan, Shepard and Neil Armstrong. Rarely seen.


ESTIMATE $4000-$5500
ART

Professionally framed Paul and Chris Calle painting. A collaboration for the 25th Apollo 11 anniversary (1994). This design was used for the Marshall Islands commemorative First Day Cover mounted below the mixed-media painting. Framed in blue suede with v-groove accent. Size: 18x27 framed. Painting 10x14 image. Very nice detail.
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ESTIMATE $2500-$3500
ART

Very popular hard-to-find limited edition print. The original sketch was done by Paul Calle, who was the only artist present in the Apollo 11 ready room. He captures the quiet determination of Armstrong, who co-signed the print. This is an Artist's Proof, from the artist's collection.
Print size:16x26.

ESTIMATE $3500-$4500
ART

Hard-to-find limited edition litho etching of the image used for the famous "First Man on the Moon" 10 stamp by Paul Calle, Armstrong signed, also. This is from the artist's collection.
Print size:8x11. Framed:17x17
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ESTIMATE $2500-$4000
ART

Hand-drawn First Day Cover by Paul Calle, with Neil Armstrong giving the "thumbs up" gesture during the walkout. Franked with Calle stamp with a nice double cancelation. Oversize envelope 6 x 9.5, framed size:16x18. This is from the artist's collection.

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ESTIMATE $500-$1000
PATCHES

This is a typical dealer's lot of 94 shuttle mission patches from Donnis Willis, who assembled much of his considerable collection into dozens of these multiple lots of patches, Passes, badges, medallions, buttons, jewelry, books and booklets just for our auction.


ESTIMATE $125-$400
FLOWN ARTIFACT

Yuri Usachev's Sokol space suit glove used on his ISS Expedition 2. Provenance to the max: Photos, notarized statement.
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ESTIMATE $5000-$8000
From The Jim McDivitt Collection
PATCH

See HERE for detailed info. This was the finest Apollo 9 3 1/2"patch made with detailed embroidery and different typeface than most versions you see. Gemini patches wire 3" diameter, Apollo patches were originally 3.5" but Apollo 7 & 8 had longer dimensions, so after Apollo 9, larger 4" patches became the norm. Signed on the reverse by McDivitt and LOA from him also.

ESTIMATE $1500-$2000
FLOWN ARTIFACT

FLOWN Apollo 9 LM tie clasp, from Grumman, in the original box. With LOA from Jim McDivitt

ESTIMATE $1500-$2000
MEDALLION

FLOWN Apollo 9 Robbins medallion. In original, numbered case, matching the number stamped into the "Tails" side. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $2500-$3500
MEDALLION

FLOWN Gemini 4 Fliteline medallion. This design was what McDivitt would've chosen for a mission patch, if they had one other than an American flag. In original plastic case. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $3000-$4000
FLOWN ARTIFACT

FLOWN Apollo 11 Mylar CM thermal skin. Approx... 1" chunk sealed in Acrylic puck. Not often seen in this size. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $750-$1200
FLOWN ARTIFACT

FL0WN 4x5 nylon American flag, flown aboard Gemini 4. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $4000-$6000
MISCELLANEOUS

Custom fighter helmet used by Jim McDivitt for jetting around the country, usually in a T-38. Oxygen mask, tube, comm wires all intact. Green, of course. Like new. Comes in zippered helmet bag (also green, well...khaki) With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $1000-$3000
FLOWN

FLOWN Beta Cloth bag from Apollo 9, used for carrying Robbins medallions. About 5x3 and initialed. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $750-$1500
MODEL

McDivitt's Grumman LM contractor's model, lovingly restored by expert Andy Lagomarsino. With LOA from Jim McDivitt.

ESTIMATE $1000-$2500
MODEL

McDivitt's brass fuel cell contractor's model.

ESTIMATE $500-$1000
MODEL

McDivitt's desktop Gemini 4 cockpit trainer. This is the only one we've ever seen. Aluminum w/wood base. Side panels are hinged. Great condition.

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ESTIMATE $500-$1200
From The Dave & Tracy Scott Collection
FLOWN

This is a flown Apollo 15 Robbins medallion #26. Only 127 of these medallions flew, as the word "Apennines" on the reverse was misspelled, with two "P"s. They were struck from a silver ingot from a Spanish wreck sunk in a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Flown status of these medallions is well documented and unquestioned. From the collection of Tracy Scott, daughter of Apollo 15 CDR Dave Scott.

ESTIMATE $4000-$6000
FLOWN

This is one of the fabled "300" lunar surface-flown covers that was unmanifested due to an error, before the flight of Apollo 15. Though not appearing on the official list of flown items. few flown articles have such exceptional provenance. as these. Crew-signed and annotated on the front, as well as an individually numbered governmental, notarized letter (included) for each cover. This is #214/300. Their legendary story is well-known, and these are among the most desirable artifacts of the entire Apollo program. This item comes from Tracy Scott, daughter of the Apollo 15 CDR, Dave Scott.

ESTIMATE $14000-$17000
This is just a sample of the hundreds of items that will be auctioned.
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