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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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Vladimir Lenin Death Mask

Incredibly rare original Vladimir Lenin death mask, made, signed, and dated by renowned sculptor Sergei Merkurov. Mask measures 15″ wide, 14″ deep and 9″ high. This mask was made shortly after Lenin’s death on January 21, 1924, at 6:50 pm in his residence in Gorki, where the artist was allowed to make three molds. Created through a delicate process of pouring plaster over the deceased’s face with a thread placed down the middle for easy removal after drying, Merkurov’s masks are widely considered among the finest in existence, capturing the most minute details of his subjects’ final features. In fine condition, with an untouched patina and some minor chipping to the prominent eyebrows, which could be restored. While many of his masks—including those of Tolstoy, Gorky, and another Lenin—are housed at his museum in the Armenian city of Gyumri, this one has remained in private hands since its creation; it was sold by a relative of Merkurov to internationally known Russian collector Sasha Lurye, then sold to the current owner. An important and captivating piece, both in artistic and historical perspective. RR Auction COA.

 

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Apollo 10 Flown EVA handle

Seldom seen, fully intact flown EVA hand rail, flown to the moon and back aboard Apollo 10. Slightly curved aluminum hand rail measures 15″ long and still retains much of its silver Kapton foil covering. There are a pair of holes at each end for attaching the handle and one side also bears a small black NASA stamp. Accompanied by a photocopy of the original North American Rockwell Corporation Temporary Parts Removal tag completed in a technician’s hand, labeled at the top, “Top EVA Handle,” and listing that this comes from S/C 106. This hand rail was attached to the outside of the Command Module Charlie Brown and was exposed to the harshness of open space throughout its voyage between the earth and the moon. A scarcely offered artifact exposed to the rigors of space for over eight days. Provenance: Superior Galleries, October, 1999. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Apollo 10

 

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Block I Apollo DSKY Interface

Extremely important original Block I Apollo Guidance computer display and keyboard (DSKY) unit, a predecessor to the Block II intended for application onboard the Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module. A 24.4 pound, 9.5 x 10 x 7.25 data entry and display device with 18 keys, including a calculator interface and digit display, two status lights, a dial to adjust brightness of the display, and an accept/block toggle switch. Back of the unit retains its NASA Raytheon Co. metal label which reads, “Apollo G. & N. System…Part No. 1003770-161; Serial No. RAY 205…Designed by M. I. T. Inst. Lab.” Three “Discrepant Item” labels are also affixed to the reverse. Additionally, three “Decoding Modules” have been bolted to the upper portion of the unit, each stenciled with consecutive serial numbers. This interface was the instrument that allowed the astronauts to communicate directly with the on board guidance computer. The Command Module had two DSKYs connected to its AGC; one located on the main instrument panel and a second located in the lower equipment bay near a sextant used for aligning the inertial guidance platform, with a single DSKY installed in the lunar module. These units would also be used during the Skylab missions. In overall fine condition.

Training on the DSKY was critical for every aspect of the mission. This was the astronaut’s interface, allowing access to the Apollo Guidance Computer developed by MIT. The device permitted the astronauts to collect and provide flight information necessary for the precise landings on the moon. Each different program had a two-digit code and commands were entered as two-digit numbers in a verb-noun sequence. It was the DSKY that provided the astronauts with critical burn times for engine firings, course corrections, trajectories, and other key calculations vital in getting a crew to and from the moon. It was also the DSKY that reported the program alarm moments before the LM touched down on the lunar surface on the first lunar landing.

Only about 12 of these Block I interfaces are believed to have been manufactured, with the original cost for each unit in the neighborhood of $200,000. The Block I design, due to its modularity, could be fixed during a mission that carried appropriate spares. Only one manned Block I mission flew, as the Apollo 1 fire required the spacecraft redesign that incorporated all of the Block II changes. These changes included discarding the ‘in-flight’ repair concept of Block I. Every Apollo crew member was trained to use these interfaces for various parts of their missions, as these were absolutely critical to the success of each mission. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Apollo

 

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