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Apollo-era S-IB Output control panel

Very rare complete Apollo-era S-IB Output control panel used at either the Kennedy Space Center or Mission Control. Panel measures 24 x 17.5 x 5.5, with a “Property of NASA,” label affixed to top left, and a printed label underneath numbered “GP00154A3A1.” Board is divided into four equal sections for the four outboard H-1 engines on the Saturn IB first stage, each with an ‘X’ and ‘Y’ hydraulic actuator, as well as switches to control each engine’s pitch and yaw. This panel was used to indicate gimbaling (the change in angle of orientation) of all four engines on the Saturn first stage. Gimbaling was used to apply directional thrust to keep the rocket on its proper trajectory. The four cathode ray tubes (CRT) displayed the affiliated ‘X’ and ‘Y’ hydraulic actuator deflection for each of the engines to report their health and status to the ground controller. The Saturn IB launched two unmanned CSM suborbital flights, one unmanned LM orbital flight, and the first manned CSM orbital mission (first planned as Apollo 1, later flown as Apollo 7). It was used between 1973 and 1975 for three manned Skylab flights, and one Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Apollo

 

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Georgy Zhukov Signed Photo

Soviet general (1896–1974) who led the defeat of the Germans at Stalingrad and the entry into Berlin during World War II. Scarce official matte-finish 8 x 10 US Army photo of Zhukov receiving the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force emblem flag as a gift from General Eisenhower, signed and inscribed on the reverse in Cyrillic by Zhukov. In fine condition, with a few trivial creases and tiny tape remnants to edges. Accompanied by a letter of transmittal from his office, dated August 20, 1965. This photo was taken on May 7, 1945, marking the date of Germany’s unconditional surrender and the end of the war in the European theater. Its association between Eisenhower and Zhukov is especially notable, as a close friendship grew out of mutual admiration and respect, with Eisenhower praising Zhukov’s military genius and crediting him for much of the Allies’ victory. While we have offered Zhukov documents in the past, this is the first signed photo we have encountered. RR Auction COA.

 

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Georgy Zhukov

 

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Apollo 11 Ink and Ballpoint Signatures

Ink and ballpoint signatures of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on individual off-white cards or sheets, with Collins’s signature matted. All three signatures are double-matted and framed together with a large embroidered Apollo 11 mission patch and a small plaque to an overall size of 17 x 16. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Apollo 11

 

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George S. Patton Signed Portrait

Distinguished glossy 8 x 10 full-length photo of Patton, as a three-star general, standing at attention and saluting, signed in fountain pen, “G. S. Patton, Jr.” Reverse of photo bears a typed notation, “Confidential, until reclassified by Censor,” as well as a second stamp, “Passed for Personal Use only,” and dated May 27, 1945. In very good condition, with scattered creases to image and borders, surface loss to one corner, and tape remnants to other three corner tips. Patton was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General on March 6, 1943, replacing Major General Lloyd Fredendall as commander of the II Corps, after the US defeat at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass. Less than a month before the censors released this portrait, the Allies defeated the Germans, forcing their surrender on May 8, with Patton’s Third Army largely responsible for the fall of the Nazis, capturing over 80,000 square miles of territory since the D-Day invasion. A magnificent photo which captures the formality and intense determination of the legendary military leader. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Abraham Lincoln Krone pen and written words

Limited edition Abraham Lincoln rollerball pen by Krone, 26/28, housed in an attractive 7 x 9 x 3.75 custom wood case. The cap and barrel are crafted of fine Italian resin in Union navy blue. The sterling silver band, decorating the base of the cap, features Lincoln’s signature, and a sterling silver clip showcases a bronzed portrait of Lincoln. Crowning the cap is authenticated wood obtained from Lincoln’s private office in the White House where he signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Also included are two words, “the lands” written in Lincoln’s hand on an off-white 1.5″ long slip, clipped from a larger letter or document, and housed in a 4.5 x 1.75 frame. In fine condition. RR Auction COA.

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Elvis Presley Signed Choice 1957 Concert Program Portrait

Handsome vintage image of Presley glancing over his shoulder, surrounded by a border of guitars, musical notes, and hearts, taken from the inside of one of Presley’s 1957 Photo Folios, nicely signed in blue ballpoint. In fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from the widow of Jerry Ledford, Elvis’s Second Lieutenant while at Fort Hood, stating that her husband was in the Army and assigned to basic training at Fort Hood at the same time Elvis was there, and that he occasionally helped to ‘smuggle’ Elvis off of the base in an effort to evade fans and paparazzi; near the end of his training, Elvis signed pages of a souvenir photo booklet for them. This was Presley’s third concert program, used to heavily promote Jailhouse Rock, and is considered quite rare, as he greatly reduced his touring schedule from that of the previous year. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Daniel Boone Autograph DS Survey Receipt

Autograph DS, one page, 6.5 x 8, November 23, 1784. Boone confirms receipt of a payment for surveying work in Fayette County, Kentucky. In part: “Rec’d…of Charles Patterson sixty six shillings, for the purpose of surveying & clearing out a entry by him made by me in Fayatt [sic] county for five thousand six hundred & twenty five acre land.” Attractively double-suede-matted and framed with a portrait and engraved biographical plaque to an overall size of 31 x 18. In very good condition, with intersecting folds with tiny holes at intersections (not affecting the signature), a few small edge tears, and a couple stray marks of ink.

An especially important date within the context of Boone’s biography, November, 1784, marked the release of The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke by John Filson, which included a chronicle of Boone’s adventures exploring Kentucky and during the American Revolution. The stories made Boone an instant celebrity nationwide—and worldwide when the book was translated into French and German shortly after the initial publication. Fayette County was also home to Boone and his family; he established a stockaded station on the waters of Fayette’s Boone Creek in 1779, with the hope of settling there for the rest of his life, though he abandoned the site in 1783 for a nearby location on Marble Creek. Very rare and immensely desirable, this is an astounding piece of American history. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Daniel Boone

 

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