Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test debrief for Launch day minus one briefing produced by NASA’s prime Space Shuttle processing contractor United Space Alliance, printed in full color with color images, entitled “Orbiter/SCA Mate-MDD, STS-107A OV-102,” 11 x 8.5, 16 pages, signed on the front cover in blue and black felt tip by the full STS-107 crew: Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. In fine condition. Originally signed in person inside Kennedy Space Center for a KSC employee, who noted that it is the only one of its kind signed by the late STS-107 astronauts. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Monthly Archives: July 2014
Exceptional 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of Houdini in a bust-length pose, signed in fountain pen, “Harry Houdini, March 3/1914. Kindest regards, Swansea, S Wales.” In fine condition, with mounting remnants to reverse. During this time, Houdini was engaged in a series of performances at the Empire Theatre in Swansea—a notice published in the Cambria Daily Leader on March 5 announced that Houdini had accepted a challenge to escape from a specially constructed traveling hamper. A superb image from the height of Houdini’s worldwide stardom. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Superlative matte-finish 8.25 x 6.5 photo of President Roosevelt going through papers at his desk, affixed to a 9.5 x 8 mount, signed on the mount in black ink as president, “Theodore Roosevelt, Oct. 17th 1908.” White ink notation to lower left of the image reads, “Copyright 1907 by Clinedinst, Washington, DC.” Matted and framed to an overall size of 14.75 x 13.25. In fine condition. A stunning, clear photograph and wonderfully bold signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Signed book: Les Diners de Gala. Later printing. NY: Felicie, Inc., 1973. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.75 x 12.25, 322 pages. Signed and inscribed on the publication page, “Pour Jon, Dali 1974,” adding an amazing and elaborate sketch of a skeleton dancing atop a hill, with a small regal figure watching from the distance, with sketch covering two full pages. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/VG. Book was obtained at a sale in the mid-2000s at the Laguna Beach estate of former Grateful Dead manager Jon McIntire. An awesome sketch in which Dali has managed to infuse a fabulous Dead-related image with his own unique style. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Highly important autograph manuscript, in pencil, unsigned, one page, 8.5 x 11, Montgomery Improvement Association, Inc. letterhead, no date but circa 1957–1958. King continues drafting a portion of his first book, Stride Toward Freedom. In full: “been barred from membership in certain unions, and denied apprenticeship training and vocational education. In every section of the country one may find local unions existing as a serious and vicious obstacle when the Negro seeks jobs or up-grading in employment. The AFL-CIO drive to organize the south has been virtually abandon because of the massive resistance of a significant portion of the organized labor oligarchy, many.” Page is encapsulated in acid-free Mylar. In fine condition, with two small spots of light soiling to top edge. This manuscript reveals a late draft of a portion of Chapter XI, titled ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’; with the exception of three minor edits, this draft is the same as the published version, found on pages 204 of the book. An exceptional page from one of the most important books of the civil rights movement. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Matte-finish 9 x 6.5 photo of Picasso, a cigarette in hand, posing in front of a large bust, taken by the studio of A. Hemery of Paris, signed in the upper right in black ink, “Picasso.” Nicely matted and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 18.5 x 19. In fine condition. Signed photos of the artist of this quality are quite uncommon. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Uncommon personal check, 6 x 2.75, filled out and signed by Lee, payable to Gilbert Book for $5.15, May 27, 1967. In fine condition, with cancellation holes to body and some light show-through from stamps on reverse. A seldom-seen and extremely desirable format. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Flown lunar surface EVA retractable tether used on the lunar surface by Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin. The tether, referred to by astronauts as a ‘yo-yo,’ is stamped with a part number of SEB33100291-303 and serial number SN 1025. The device measures approximately 6.25 x 2.75 x 1.5, 0.7 pounds, with remnants of its original brown strap used to attach it to Irwin’s PLSS and to carry tools during lunar surface operations. Attached to the end of the 35″ retractable cord is a replacement double-jawed spring-closing mechanism with an incorporated eyelet for attachment to the tether cord. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from Dave Scott which reads, in part: “I hereby certify that the EVA Retractable Tether (‘Yo-yo’) included with this letter was used by Lunar Module Pilot (LMP) Jim Irwin during the lunar surface activities of Apollo 15…The purpose of the Yo-yo was to enable the astronaut to carry certain tools attached to his spacesuit and be readily available without having to carry them by hand. These include the scoop and tongs, both of which were used by Jim Irwin in sampling rocks and soil near Elbow crater on the Moon during EVA-1. This Yo-yo was also used for the Universal Hand Tool (UHT) to assist in ALSEP deployment (Boyd Bold release); however during the ALSEP deployment, this particular Yo-yo failed when the string connecting the clamp broke at its attach point on the clamp, and the clamp was lost on the Moon. We returned the Yo-yo to Earth; and subsequent disassembly after the mission showed that both the bowline and the figure-eight knot attaching the cord to the clamp had untied, thus allowing the cord to retract into the housing…After this post-mission analysis the Yo-yo was reassembled to its current configuration (however the original clamp was replaced in this assembly). An improved clinch knot was installed on large Yo-yos for subsequent missions.” As noted in the Apollo 15 Mission Report (chapter 14, 5.7), both retractable tethers failed during lunar surface operations; the Commander’s tether cord broke during the first extravehicular activity, and the tool clamp came off the end of the Lunar Module Pilot’s tether. RR Auction COA.
(Walt Disney Studios, 1967) Original production key master cel and background setup featuring Mowgli and Baloo from The Jungle Book, showing Baloo following Mowgli as he scampers up a tree. The cels are trimmed to image and placed on the hand-painted production background as prepared by the Disney Art Props Department; Mowgli is keyed to the extremely detailed background and Baloo was subsequently added to the scene by Art Props. Baloo measures 6 x 6.5 and Mowgli measures 2.5 x 3.5, with a mat opening of 15 x 10.5. Mat dimensions are 23.5 x 20. The piece has the original Art Props label on the reverse. In fine condition. While many later Disney features had animators responsible for a single character, in The Jungle Book the animators designed entire sequences. A highly desirable and well-presented piece from a classic animated feature film—the last that Disney himself worked on.
Bidding for the Animation Auction opens Aug 14, 2014 & ends Aug 21, 2014
(Walt Disney Studios, 1940) Original production key master cel and background setup featuring Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, showing him chasing after Pinocchio while misbehaving on Pleasure Island. The cel is trimmed to image and placed on the matching hand-painted production background. Jiminy Cricket measures 3 x 3, with a mat opening of 11.5 x 8. This piece is also framed to an overall size of 20.5 x 16.5. In fine condition. An immensely desirable matching production setup from an exciting scene in the film, with Jiminy racing through the island as he attempts to reign in Pinocchio.
Bidding for the Animation Auction opens Aug 14, 2014 & ends Aug 21, 2014