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Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky signed folding chessboard

Uncommon folding chessboard, measuring 13.75 x 13.5 open, signed inside in black felt tip by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, adding the year 1992. In fine condition. In 1992, Fischer again defeated Spassky in a rematch of their 1972 World Championship ‘Match of the Century.’ The match took place in Yugoslavia, which was under a United Nations embargo at the time, and Fisher’s participation in the event led to major legal troubles with the US; with a warrant awaiting him in the states, he lived the rest of his life as an emigre. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on March 31, 2015 in Bobby Fischer

 

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Abraham Lincoln Free franked transmittal envelope

Free franked transmittal envelope, 5.5 x 3, addressed in Lincoln’s hand to “Hon. C. Sumner,” and franked in the upper right corner, “A. Lincoln.” Double-matted and framed with images of President Lincoln and Charles Sumner to an overall size of 20 x 12.5. In fine condition, with a tear to the upper left corner and spreading to ink in a few letters. Sumner was an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, at first clashing with Lincoln over the president’s less radical policies. Despite Sumner’s criticisms and Lincoln’s hesitation to follow his advice, the two had great mutual respect for each other and were ultimately working toward the same moral goals in the preservation of the Union and emancipation of slavery. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Abraham Lincoln

 

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Robert E. Lee signed carte-de-visite portrait

Distinguished 2.25 x 3.5 carte-de-visite portrait of Lee in a near profile pose, crisply signed at the bottom of the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” Published by M. B. Brady & Co. Handsomely matted and framed to an overall size of 11 x 13, with a window on the reverse for viewing Brady’s backstamp. In fine condition, with light soiling and a slightly trimmed bottom edge. This portrait was captured by Brady in May 1869 when Lee visited President Grant at the White House, the last time they would meet. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Robert E. Lee

 

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Geronimo Ink Signature

Ink signature, “Geronimo,” on an off-white 3.25 x 5 lightly-lined sheet also signed by the last Chiricahua chief, “Christian Naiche,” and the interpreter and leader of the Ndendai group of the Chiricahua band, “Asa Daklugie, Later elected Chief Fort Sill, Oklahoma.” Lieutenant George Albert Purington of the 8th Infantry, who was in charge of Geronimo and his fellow prisoners at Fort Sill, also signs below Geronimo’s signature as a witness. Attractively suede-matted and framed with an unattributed pencil sketch of the great Apache warrior to an overall size of 17.5 x 21.75. In fine condition, with a stray ink mark affecting one letter of Geronimo’s signature and unobtrusive tears to the upper right. Originates from an autograph book belonging to Clara Schofield, the daughter of General John Schofield. A fantastic, well-documented autograph of the Western legend along with the unusual addition of his two compatriots. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on March 27, 2015 in Geronimo

 

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Pablo Picasso Realist Sketch ALS in pencil in Spanish

ALS in pencil in Spanish, signed “Picasso,” one page on the reverse of a 12.5 x 9.25 menu, no date. Picasso writes to thank his friend for sending him some socks, sketching a sock at the bottom. He also writes that he is with “Minuni,” a bullfighter whose hospital expenses had been paid by Picasso after seeing him injured in the ring. In very good condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), light creases and soiling, and a couple spots of dampstaining to the top edge. A large, impressive letter featuring an original sketch by one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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Russian Space Medals

Collection of thirteen Soviet space medals, primarily from the 1980s, including nine accompanied by their original award citation certificates: a 1982 ’25 Years of Space Era’ medal for direct involvement in space research programs; a 1984 ’50 Years to Yuri Gagarin’ medal for contributions in preparing and carrying out piloted space flights; a 1984 memorial medal of the Flight Control Center of Yuri Gagarin; a 1986 ‘Jubilee Medal of Yuri Gagarin’ for participation in the management of software of piloted spaceflights; a 1987 ’25 Year to the Flight of Man to Space’ medal; a 1987 ’80 Years to Sergey Korolev’ medal for participation in conquering space; a 1987 ’30 Years of Space Era’ medal for direct involvement in space research programs; a 1987 ‘Medal of Chelomey’ for participation in conquering space; and a 1990 ‘Medal of Tsiolkovski’ for participation in conquering space. Also includes four additional medals without corresponding certificates, and five certificates without corresponding medals. In overall fine condition.

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

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Scott Carpenter’s Mercury-era Collier Trophy

Impressive Collier Trophy awarded to Scott Carpenter as one of the members of the Mercury 7, measuring 13.5″ tall with an 8.25 x 8.25 base, engraved on one side with the names of the first seven NASA astronauts, Malcolm S. Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, John H. Glenn, Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Donald Slayton, noting that they were being honored with the 1962 award “For pioneering manned space flight in the United States.” On the opposing side of the base is raised text describing the award, in full: “Awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association sponsored by Look Magazine for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, the value of which had been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Carpenter, in part: “President John Kennedy presented the 1962 Collier Trophy that accompanies this letter to me along with each of my Mercury 7 brothers. This occurred on Oct. 10, 1963 at a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden. I consider this one of [the] most prestigious honors I have ever received and have proudly displayed it in my home for many years.”

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 Uncategorized

 

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Flown Palapa B2 Apogee Rocket Motor Assembly

Flown commercial satellite Apogee Rocket Motor Assembly from the Palapa B2 satellite, retrieved from space by the shuttle Discovery during the STS-51-A mission. Assembly, serial number 31, with its graphite closure measures approximately 30″ tall with a nozzle diameter of approximately 23.″ This assembly flew in space for over 119 million miles until it became the focus of the first ever satellite rescue mission. A small Morton Thiokol label is affixed to the included rectangular metal collar, and reads: “Project Name: Star 30 Palapa / Subject: Retrieval S/N 031 / Photo Date: 7/28/88 / Test Description: Dis-assembly.” In fine condition, with expected wear from firing.

Launched from shuttle mission STS-41B in February of 1984, the Palapa B failed to achieve geosynchronous orbit due to a design flaw of this very assembly. After its failed deployment, the satellite was purchased by Sattel Technologies which contracted NASA to retrieve it on the November 1984 STS-51-A shuttle mission. Sattel also contracted Hughes Aircraft Company and McDonnell Douglas to refurbish and relaunch the satellite. After its recovery, Thiokol corporation de-integrated this nozzle assembly from the Apogee Kick Motor (AKM) with its graphite closure for analysis. An historically significant artifact from the first ever satellite recovered and returned to space. This is an export controlled item.

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

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Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 Lunar Surface License Plate

Flown aluminum ‘lunar rover license’ plate, 1.3 x 0.8, marked with the registration number “LRV 001,” with “MOON” as the home state, the year 1971, and the NASA and Boeing logos in the corners. Astronaut Dave Scott carried this on all three lunar EVAs, including on the lunar rover. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Dave Scott, stating, in part: “I hereby certify that the miniature metal Lunar Rover license plate, ‘LRV-001,’ measuring 1.3″ x 0.8″, included with this letter was carried on Apollo Lunar Rover No. 1 for three days of space exploration during Apollo 15…I carried these license plates in a pocket of my Apollo A7L-B EVA Spacesuit…during our nearly three day stay on the Moon…In commemoration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, I designed and had produced these small license plate replicas for use as presentation mementos after our mission to the Moon.” In fine condition. This plate, along with others, was prepackaged in a pack smaller than a pack of gum, which was stowed in the left knee pocket of Scott’s space suit before the launch, where it remained until after his return to earth. It was in space for 12 days, 7 hours from launch to splashdown. More importantly, it spent nearly 67 hours on the moon, including 18h 30m of EVAs, and was carried on LRV itself for around 17 miles across the lunar surface. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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

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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Apollo 15

 

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Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Oil Painting

Incredible uncommon original painting by Walter Lantz, oil painting on canvas, 10.5 x 13.5, depicting Woody Woodpecker in a birch tree forest. Painting is signed in black paint in the lower left, “Walter Lantz.” Reverse of the canvas also bears an affixed ‘Walter Lantz Happy Art’ label and a Lantz copyright stamp. Ornately matted and framed to an overall size of 18 x 21. In fine condition. A phenomenal close-up painting of Lantz’s most famous character. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

Absentee Bidding ends at 12 PM ET Wednesday Mar 18 – Live Bidding Begins at 1 PM ET Mar 19

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Posted by on March 14, 2015 in Walter Lantz

 

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