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Laurel and Hardy Signed Oversized Portrait

Fantastic matte-finish 14 x 11 photo of the pair posing side-by-side in their bowler hats, signed and inscribed vertically in fountain pen, “With our best wishes Miss Vogel! Stan Laurel 1932” and “Oliver Hardy.” Reverse bears a Stax photographer’s stamp. In fine condition, with a few trivial edge dings and a couple small creases to lower left. An uncommonly large, crystal-clear image of the classic stars. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Laurel and Hardy

 

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Mary Todd Lincoln Signed Book The Life of Marie Antoinette

Signed book: The Life of Marie Antoinette. Second edition. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1877. Hardcover, 5.5 x 8, 432 pages. Signed on the half-title page in crisp black ink, “Mary Lincoln, 1878.” A carte-de-visite portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln has also been affixed to the first free end page. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: G+/None. An extremely rare autograph and marvelous association piece between powerful women.

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Civil War Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver

Serial number 108721, made in 1863, caliber .44 with an 8″ round barrel having a dark bore with very good rifling. This is a standard revolver as procured for the Union and has several small inspectors’ initials on the metal. The one-piece walnut grip is sound and shows wear, with small handling marks and tiny dings on the butt, and a faint outline of a government inspector’s cartouche on the left side. All of the steel surfaces have an even dark patina with very good factory lettering, only the “Patent” marking on the frame is a little light at the bottom. The cylinder retains about 50% of the naval engagement scene with several small dings, all of the safety pins are worn flat as is common. The brass triggerguard has an ocher patina. All of the serial numbers match on the metal with the wedge being a later replacement. The mechanism works properly. This is a nice example of a Colt Civil War Army revolver and as an antique gun it will transfer without any restrictions.

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Posted by on April 25, 2015 in Civil War

 

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Wally Schirra’s NASA ID Badge

Schirra’s laminated NASA identification badge for the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, 2.5 x 3.75, circa 1978, featuring an image of him with text below reading, “Schirra, Astronaut.” Two areas on the reverse are filled out in type with his badge number, “A-030,” and name, “Walter J. Schirra, Jr.” Reverse is also stamped with the signature of a security officer at the bottom. In the lower margin the badge is identified as: “JSC Form 334A (June 78).” In fine condition, with expected wear from use. The Leon Ford Collection.

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Wally Schirra

 

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Jim McDivitt’s Apollo 9 Flown Necklace

Flown sterling silver Jewish necklace carried into space on the Apollo 9 mission, with a .75″ mezuzah charm suspended from the 23″ long chain. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt, in full: “I certify that this silver Mezuzah necklace was flown onboard Apollo 9 on her flight in March, 1969. It is from my personal collection.” The mezuzah is a parchment inscribed with Hebrew verses from the Torah and contained in a decorative case. While this case is sealed and thus not possible to verify the contents, it would traditionally hold the rolled piece of parchment with the verses of the Shema prayer. The mezuzah is affixed to the doorframe of Jewish homes in order to fulfill the mitzvah, or Biblical commandment, to have the prayer on the doorpost of the house. There were no Jewish astronauts on Apollo, and as far as we can ascertain this is the only known Jewish religious artifact ever to fly on an Apollo mission. A truly remarkable and stunning piece.

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Jim McDivitt

 

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Gordon Cooper’s Command Astronaut Wings

Gordon Cooper’s silver ‘senior pilot’ astronaut wings badge produced by Vanguard, measuring 3″ long, hallmarked on the reverse, “Vanguard, 1-V, 10K.” Includes a brief handwritten letter of provenance signed by Cooper, in full: “These wings presented in Wash DC. by Gen Curtis Lemay to Gordon Cooper—1963.” Some light tarnishing to the wings and heavy overall creasing and wrinkling to the letter, otherwise overall fine condition. A rare and important example from Cooper, who piloted the longest and final Mercury spaceflight on May 15, 1963.

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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in Gordon Cooper

 

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Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Flown MCC Burn Chart Page

Flown checklist page carried on board Apollo 11, labeled “MCC Burn Chart,” page 3-108a, 10.5 x 8, removed from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint, “Carried to the Moon on Apollo XI, Buzz Aldrin,” and signed below in blue ballpoint, “Michael Collins.” In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Aldrin, in part: “Sheet numbered 3-108a…is part of the entire document that was carried to the Moon in Command Module Columbia on the first lunar landing mission…This sheet is from the detailed timeline section and was located at the beginning of hour 150 in the mission. Page 3-108a has a grid of terms and values associated with the MCC5 or Mid Course Correction engine burn number 5…MCC5 was about an eleven second burn using Columbia’s Reaction Control System thrusters. We fired those engines at 150 hours and 29 minutes into the mission. It was a retrograde maneuver that changed our velocity by some 4.8 feet per second. We did this burn for entry corridor control, which fine-tuned our flight path angle at entry into the earth’s atmosphere.” Accompanied by a printed excerpt from Michael Collins’s book Carrying the Fire referring to the MCC5 burn, a certificate of authenticity for the Collins autograph from Novaspace, and a photocopy of the cover of the flight plan. A fabulous piece from the personal collection of the Lunar Module Pilot that represents a mission-critical maneuver in the successful return of the Apollo 11 astronauts from their intrepid voyage to the lunar surface. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Buzz Aldrin

 

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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.”

Other notables in receipt of this prized trophy include Neil Armstrong, Chuck Yeager, Howard Hughes and Orville Wright. Research indicates that Deke Slayton’s Collier Trophy is the only other Collier Trophy associated with a Mercury Astronaut to ever be offered for sale.

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Scott Carpenter

 

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Apollo 17 Signed Photograph Official NASA Color Photo

Official NASA color 10 x 8 semi-glossy photo of the Apollo 17 crew in their white space suits, signed in felt tip, “Harrison H. Schmitt,” “Ron Evans,” and “Gene Cernan.” In fine condition. A choice, uninscribed example, which Space expert Ken Havekotte notes was signed preflight. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Apollo 17

 

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Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 Flown EVA/EXP Checklist

Amazing CSM EVA/EXP checklist used during the Apollo 17 flight, 6 x 8, stamped with flight certification and signed on the front cover in black felt tip by Gene Cernan. The checklist consists of 166 pages (83 individual sheets), including 27 pages filled out with in-flight writing, much of which remains scientifically relevant today. The highlight of this checklist is undoubtedly the presence of three pages of solar corona observation sketches: one features a large sketch with notations reading, in part: “This act 1 min prior to sunrise at act 5-1 sec prior to s.rise the streamers get much more predominant…radial light & dark lines very faint, unable to see until dark adapted…I think we missed the longest streamers as the red & blue & polarizing seg. ended act 7-10 sec prior to sun rise.” This page is signed twice at the bottom by Cernan, noting that the sketch was done by Ron Evans.

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

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