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Apollo 16 Flown St. Christopher statue and Jerusalem Tile

Flown St. Christopher statue carried to the lunar surface by Duke on board the Apollo 16 Lunar Module Orion. Statue measures approximately one-inch high and was stored in Duke’s PPK inside the lunar module. Statue is accompanied by an eye-catching 10 x 14 hand-calligraphed and -illuminated prayer for the Apollo 16 astronauts, said by the children of The Holy Spirit School and Father Paddy Roche, and illuminated by the Carmelite Nuns of Up Holland, England. Reverse of the prayer is signed, “This prayer was hand painted by the students and staff of Holy Spirit school and personally given to Charlie Duke by Father Paddy Roche. Charlie Duke.”

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Posted by on December 22, 2014 in Apollo 16

 

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Apollo 16 Flown St. Christopher statue and Jerusalem Tile

Flown St. Christopher statue carried to the lunar surface by Duke on board the Apollo 16 Lunar Module Orion. Statue measures approximately one-inch high and was stored in Duke’s PPK kit inside the lunar module. Statue is accompanied by an eye-catching 10 x 14 hand-calligraphed and -illuminated prayer for the Apollo 16 astronauts, said by the children of The Holy Spirit School and Father Paddy Roche, and illuminated by the Carmelite Nuns of Up Holland, England. Reverse of the prayer is signed, “This prayer was hand painted by the students and staff of Holy Spirit school and personally given to Charlie Duke by Father Paddy Roche. Charlie Duke.” 

Also included is a lovely 1″ x 1″ hand-painted Jerusalem tile, which Duke carried into lunar orbit on board Apollo 16’s Command Module Casper. 

Accompanied by a 2001 letter of authenticity from Duke, which reads, in part: “This is to certify that this one (1) inch tall St. Christopher statue accompanied me aboard our Lunar Module Orion to the Descartes Highlands…This statue then spent the next three days on the surface of the Moon housed in my Personal Preference Kit (PPK) in the Orion. This St. Christopher statue was presented to me by my sister, Betsy, before our liftoff…These items, though personal, were a part of the official stowage list for the Apollo 16 mission. This statue is, to the best of my knowledge, a one of a kind treasure here on Earth of the religious artifacts carried to the surface of the Moon.” Also accompanied by a letter from Duke certifying the Jerusalem tile. In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Apollo 16

 

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RR Auctions Apollo 16 Velcro Swatch from the Lunar Surface

RR Auctions Apollo 16

RR Auctions Apollo 16

Limited edition presentation of a small triangular swatch of moondust soiled Velcro, approximately .5 x .5 x .75, affixed to a color satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of the Apollo 16 LM and rover on the moon’s surface, titled at the top, “Swatch of moondust stained Velcro from the cue card ‘LM Comm Modes’ used in the Lunar Module Orion on the Descartes Highlands, April 21-24, 1972.” Reverse is numbered “#14 Special edition, Florian Noller.”

Accompanied by a color photocopy of both sides of the LM Cue Card titled “LM Comm Modes,” picturing the 1” x 2” moondust stained Velcro from which the triangular portion here offered was removed and the following statement from Charles M. Duke, Jr.: “Flown to the Lunar Surface aboard Apollo 16, landed on April 20, 1972. Charles M. Duke, Jr Apollo 16 LMP.” Also accompanied by a copy of a Letter of Certification handwritten and signed by Duke for the flown cue card, which reads, in part: “It is my opinion that the dark smudges on the border of the Velcro hook include traces of lunar dust. This dust, which we brought in with us from the lunar surface, was on many items that were exposed in the cabin.” Also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Florian Noller. RRAuction COA.

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Apollo 16

 

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RR Auctions Flown Charlie Duke Apollo16 Mexican Flag

RR Auctions Apollo 16 Charlie Duke

Flown printed fabric Mexican flag, 6 x 4, carried to the lunar surface on board the LM Orion, signed in blue ink on the white stripe of the flag, “Arrived on the lunar surface aboard ‘Orion’ April 20, 1972. Flown to the moon on Apollo 16, Charlie Duke, Lunar Module Pilot.” Flag is affixed by its corners to a 9.25 x 12 certificate stating “This flag was flown aboard the first Apollo mission to the lunar highlands,” and signed in black felt tip by Charlie Duke. Accompanied by an unusually lengthy handwritten certificate of authenticity from Duke, which reads, in part: “this flag of the Republic of Mexico accompanied me aboard the lunar module ‘Orion’ to the Descartes Highlands of the moon…this flag was stowed in my…PPK. There it remained throughout almost 72 hours on the lunar surface. This flag was exposed to the vacuum of space on each of the three EVA’s which totalled over 20 hours for Apollo 16…Since that time it has remained as a treasured part of my personal space collection.” In fine condition, with a bit of trivial feathering to writing on flag. Not to be confused with the more common lunar orbit flown flags, international flags flown to the lunar surface are exceedingly rare. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Apollo 16

 

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