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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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Revolutionary War–dated partly-printed DS, signed “Go: Washington,” one page, 9.5 x 7, December 31, 1782. A discharge issued from Washington’s headquarters at Newburgh, New York. In full: “By His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States, &c. John McKinnie of the Regiment of Invalids having been certifyed by a Board of Officers appointed for the Examination of the Invalids of the Army, as unfit for any further Duty either in the Field or Garrison, Reduced by long sickness is hereby discharged from the Service of the United States.” Handsomely archivally double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait to an overall size of 23.5 x 14.5. In very good condition, with separated intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through the “W” in his signature), various small areas of paper loss, small tears to edges, and a few stains; the document has been professionally restored and reinforced with a backing of archival tissue. The Continental Congress established the Invalid Corps in 1777, composed of veterans who had become unfit for field duty but could still usefully serve as guards for magazines, hospitals, and similar installations. An extraordinarily desirable piece from Washington’s famed military career. RR Auction COA.
Extremely rare color semi-glossy official ‘red-numbered’ NASA photo, trimmed to a size of 9.75 x 7.5, signed and inscribed in black felt tip by White, “To Joyce—Thanks for all your help at KSC—with best wishes, Edward H. White II” and signed in black felt tip, “Gus Grissom,” and “Roger B. Chaffee.” This is paired with a one-of-a-kind set of two leather NASA identification tags from White’s and Grissom’s flight suits worn during trips to and from the Kennedy Space Center, both of which are moderately to heavily worn. Unlike all other Apollo missions, flight-worn materials from Apollo 1 are manifestly nonexistent; as the personal name patches from their earthly flight suits, these are essentially the closest possible surrogates extant. The signed photo and leather patches are attractively suede-matted and framed together with an Apollo 1 commemorative patch and a printed caption to an overall size of 23.25 x 18.25. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Joyce Abrams, who served as the crew quarters attendant for the astronauts, in part: “The two leather uniform name patches for the Apollo 1 astronauts…are the original patches from the astronauts’ flight suits which were worn by them while flying into and out of Kennedy Space Center during Pres. John F. Kennedy’s Man to the Moon program.” Aforementioned trimming and a few scattered creases to photo, not detracting from the overall appearance, otherwise fine condition. This is easily considered the rarest of all Apollo crew signed portraits, few ‘red-numbered’ examples are known to exist; combined with the unique personally-worn name patches from the astronauts’ NASA flight suits, this is an absolutely remarkable display.
Superlative glossy 10 x 8 Underwood photo of Lindbergh posing beside his iconic Sprit of St. Louis, boldly signed in fountain pen, “C. A. Lindbergh.” In fine condition, with some scattered surface creases and small tears and adhesive remnants to corners. Accompanied by a program for a banquet honoring Lindbergh in Philadelphia on October 22, 1927.
Lindbergh’s flight was inspired in part by a $25,000 prize offered by hotel owner Raymond Orteig in 1919 for the first aviator to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—by 1927, six prominent aviators had lost their lives pursuing the prize, and it had still not been claimed. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on May 27, 1927, spending 33.5 hours in the air before landing at Le Bourget Airport in Paris on May 21. Well over 100,000 people had gathered at the field to see him successfully touch down, and Lindbergh was promptly launched into the international spotlight. His feat captured the public imagination for years to come, and this is one of the most well-known photographs of the iconic pilot and his plane. A truly spectacular piece.