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Edgar Mitchell’s Apollo 14 Flown Heel Restraints

Pair of flown heel restraints carried on the Apollo 14 mission, each consisting of a metal heel bracket with heavy duty brown Velcro stirrup straps. Parts tags are sewn to the longest strap on each restraint, one reading: “Heel Restraint L.H., BW-1053-001, S/N: 1142, Date of Mfg: 8/21/69, Mfg. by: B. Welson Co.” The other tag reads: “Heel Restraint R.H., BW-1053-002, S/N: 1140, Date of Mfg: 8/21/69, Mfg. by: B. Welson Co.” In overall fine condition, with some light stains to the tags. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Mitchell, in part: “This document certifies that the accompanying set of heel restraints were flown into lunar orbit aboard Kittyhawk on the Apollo 14 mission, which launched from Cape Kennedy on January 31, 1971.” These heel restraints locked the astronauts’ feet in place for safety during liftoff of the Saturn V rocket from Earth. If the astronauts were not tightly restrained in their couches during the launch phase, the violent motion induced from extreme acceleration could result in injury. As an important piece of safety equipment used during the mission that followed the near-disastrous Apollo 13, this pair of restraints is an important and extraordinary artifact of manned spaceflight.

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Apollo 11 Flown Apollo 11 medallion #190

Historic flown sterling silver Apollo 11 Robbins Medal, approximately 1.25″ diameter, with a raised early design on the face of the iconic Apollo 11 mission insignia, with the eagle carrying the olive branch in its beak. The reverse of the sterling silver medal is engraved with the last names of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, along with the July 16, 1969, launch date; July 20, 1969, moon landing date; and July 24, 1969, return date. This medal is serial numbered “190.” Condition is mint state. Medal is accompanied by the original case, labeled “190.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 11 silver medallion number ‘190’ included with this letter is from my personal collection and was flown aboard Apollo 11, July 16-24, 1969…After the mission, the Astronaut Office distributed the medallions accordingly. I specifically requested the Apollo 11 number ‘190’ included with this letter.” Remarkably scarce flight-flown mementos such as this—particularly one from man’s first step into a brave new world—are highly prized by collectors. Provenance: Dave Scott.

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Richard Gordon’s Apollo-era Flight Suit

Richard Gordon’s mustard-color rough cotton Apollo-era NASA flight suit with an official ‘meatball’ patch on the right breast and a leather name patch reading “Dick Gordon, NASA-MSC” affixed with Velcro over the left breast. The Kings Point manufacturer’s tag is sewn into the collar area, with a small identification tag below, “Richard Gordon.” The suit exhibits typical wear from use. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from Gordon, in full: “I hereby certify that this Apollo Era Flight Suit is from my personal collection.” A fabulous Apollo item with excellent provenance from the astronaut himself. The Leon Ford Collection.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

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Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Richard Gordon

 

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Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Lunar Surface-used Scissors

Flown scissors carried aboard the Apollo 15 mission and used on the lunar surface by Commander David R. Scott, measuring 8.25″ long, manufactured by Weck. The stainless steel surgical-style scissors are engraved on the side with the NASA part number, “SDB42100059-202,” and serial number, “1028,” with “Weck U.S.A. Stainless.” Three red swatches of Velcro are affixed near the screw. In fine condition, with good spring tension and some adhesive surrounding the Velcro swatches. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: “I hereby certify that the Apollo 15 CDR surgical scissors…are from my personal collection and were used during launch, mission operations, and on the surface of the Moon during Apollo 15…The red Velcro tab identifies the Commander’s scissors to facilitate attachment and stowage. They were located in a pocket strapped onto the leg of my spacesuit (Pressure Garment Assembly) at launch and transferred to the leg of my in-flight coverall garment during cabin operations. The scissors could be used for many different contingency operations in the lunar module on the surface, during EVAs, and during orbital operations. However, the primary use of these scissors on Apollo missions was to open plastic food pouches…These CDR surgical scissors have been in my personal collection since returning to Earth.” A fantastic tool extensively used on the lunar surface by the seventh man to set foot on the moon.

Bidding for the Space and Aviation Auction opens Apr 16, 2015 & ends Apr 23, 2015

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Apollo 15

 

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Ronnie Wood Working lyrics to Big Bayou

Handwritten unsigned working lyrics to ‘Big Bayou,’ from his second solo album released in 1975, on an off-white 8.25 x 11.5 lightly-lined sheet. Woods writes three verses and the chorus. In part: “Took a long trip to the city, I was determined to get somewhere, But I spent all my hard earned money, That I saved to get me there (I had to save to get me there)

Big Bayou where do you go, When the river is runnin’ slow, Into the Gulf of Mexico, Big Bayou carried me home.”

Bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction opens Oct 16, 2014 & ends Oct 23, 2014

 

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Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Ronnie Wood

 

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Elvis Presley Signed Publicity Photo 1956

Vintage 8 x 10 publicity photo of Elvis playing his guitar on stage, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Yours, Elvis Presley.” This signature was obtained at a Presley tour stop in Omaha, Nebraska, in May of 1956. Accompanied by 16 original glossy candid snapshots from the event, including several of the woman for whom the photo was signed, one of her posing with Elvis, and two of her with Presley’s guitar. Other photos include Presley posing backstage with other women and two of Elvis and his band on stage. In fine condition, with some scattered light creases to image side, and some mild toning to edges of reverse. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Elvis Presley

 

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Sun Yat-sen Ink signature in English and Chinese

Founding father and first president of the Republic of China (1866–1925). Ink signature in English and Chinese on a 5 x 1.75 slip affixed to a 7.5 x 6.25 album page, which also bears two additional affixed signatures. In fine condition. Sun’s term as president was quite brief, as he resigned less than three months after taking office due to pressure from the Imperial army. A very rare offering from one of the greatest and most widely revered leaders of modern China. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Sun Yat-sen

 

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