One of only 32 dual-certified Lunar Bible 50-Page ‘Text-Fragments’ presented in a modern Fabergé Egg. The iconic ‘Lunar Bible’ represents the first Bible, the first complete scripture, and indeed the first true book ever carried by Man to landfall on another celestial world. A complete Lunar Bible contains all 1245 pages of the King James Bible, and was printed as a ‘Microform’ tablet (the only format possible for flight to the lunar surface). One hundred identical complete copies of the Lunar Bible landed on the Moon during Apollo 14 within the personal ‘PPK’ bag of moonwalker Edgar D. Mitchell, after having been previously flown to the Moon aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. After the mission, a small number were segmented into both 50-page and 2-page sizes by Reverend John M. Stout to maximize the potential number of recipients. The accompanying 50-page copy is one of only 32-examples that were officially flight-certified by both Mitchell and James W. Stout of the former ‘Apollo Prayer League Governing Committee’ during the ‘Lunar Bible Certification Project’ of 2000 and 2001, and then encapsulated within modern Faberge’ Eggs. Accompanied by a two-page certificate of authenticity signed by Mitchell and Stout, housed within a nice leather-like presentation folder, a high-quality copy of five-page affidavit by Stout, and also by a 10 x 8 satin-finish photo signed by Mitchell, on which he fittingly adds, “6th man on the moon, Apollo 14.” This lot is of profound significance not only to the space community as a twice-flown and once-landed lunar artifact, but also to the religious, rare book, and Masonic communities (Edgar Mitchell is a freemason). Several of the 32 copies are already permanently off the market, with an example having been acquired by the State of Georgia for their rare-book holdings, and two more in the personal space collection of Edgar Mitchell and James W. Stout. Another 50-page example is on indefinite loan to the Atlanta Masonic Library and Museum, and more of these precious few Faberge copies may become permanently institutionalized and unavailable to collectors in coming years. A complete lunar bible was popularly displayed at the Vatican earlier this year. You may read ‘The Story of the First Lunar Bible’ at http://www.lunarbible.com. RR Auction COA.
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A solid 14K gold circular charm flown to the moon on Apollo 14, measuring just over one inch in diameter, engraved on one side with the mission information, “Apollo 14, 1/31/1971, 2/09/1971,” and engraved on the reverse, “This gold disc was carried to the moon on Apollo 14 by Stuart A. Roosa, NASA Astronaut.” Includes a TLS from Roosa transmitting the charm, signed “Stuart A. Roosa,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 4, 1971. In full: “I carried your gold charm to the moon with me on Apollo 14. This mission was launched 31 January 1971 and splashdown occurred on 9 February 1971. Your charm traveled 1,151,086 miles during the 216 hours, 1 minute and 58.1 seconds of flight.” In overall fine condition. The recipient, Charles Kenneth Campbell of Houston, owned a commercial real estate firm and employed Roosa from 1977 to 1981 as vice president of advanced planning. An immensely desirable flown piece with excellent provenance. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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A 9 x 9 swatch of Beta cloth, bearing a pre-printed 3.5″ diameter Apollo 7 mission emblem, flown on the Apollo 7 and 14 missions, signed in black ink, “This Beta cloth flew with me on Apollo 7 in October 1968, and was also carried on Apollo 14 by Alan Shepard for me in Jan–Feb 1971. Walt Cunningham Apollo 7.” Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from Cunningham which reads, in part: “This beta cloth emblem is from my personal collection of memorabilia from my astronaut career…This beta cloth patch flew 4,500,000 miles with me on the first manned Apollo mission, October 11–12, 1968. It was also carried by Alan Shepard as a personal favor to me on his Apollo 14 mission.” Also included is a color 8 x 10 photo of Cunningahm holding the cloth after signing. In fine condition. It is quite uncommon to find any item carried on two Apollo missions, particularly anything carried by Alan Shepard. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown embroidered Apollo 14 mission patch, 4.5″ in diameter, carried to the moon on Apollo 14. Accompanied by a notarized letter of authenticity signed by Alan Shepard which states, “This is to verify that the accompanying insignia of the flight of Apollo 14, was flown to the moon on board the spacecraft during the time period of January 31 to February 9, 1996 [sic, 1971].” In fine condition. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
Flown cassette tape and case carried into lunar orbit by Edgar Mitchell. Scotch C-60 cassette was dubbed with music from the Beatles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye, James Taylor, and Simon and Garfunkel and bears a serial number “S/N 1099.” Cassette is signed on one side in black felt tip, “Flown A14 Edgar Mitchell.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Mitchell, which reads, in part: “This letter is to certify that the accompanying audio cassette tape bearing music by artists Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, James Taylor plus others was personally dubbed by me from the primary recordings of the several artists and carried into lunar orbit aboard the spacecraft Kittyhawk [sic] during the Apollo 14 mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands region of the moon. It was one of four such cassettes in my personal preference kit, all of which served the dual purpose of providing entertainment during the six days in transit between the earth and the moon, plus a back up recording device for personal observations in the event of equipment failure of primary transmission devices.” In fine condition, with some light wear and foxing to labels. Classic songs flown include, among others: ‘Spinning Wheels,’ ‘ Looking Out My Backdoor,’ ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine,’ ‘Something,’ ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ ‘Who Will Stop the Rain,’ and ‘Homeward Bound.’ Also accompanied by a CD of the songs on the cassette and a photo of Mitchell holding the cassette. All the items are housed in a custom clam shell case. Certainly one of the more original flown space items. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.