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Between May 19 and May 24, collectSPACE hosted the first Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) silent auction to raise scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major.

All items auctioned were consigned by the astronauts and their families. Full proceeds benefited the ASF.

Coinciding with the UACC Convention and Autograph Show, space collectors, enthusiasts, and supporters were able to participate either: in-person at a dinner with the astronauts hosted by Sims & Hankow Enterprises at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC; or beginning May 19, online at collectSPACE.com/auction

Bidder Registration

Registration closed at midnight on May 23. Questions? Contact auction@collectspace.com

Auction Rules

1. Each lot will be assigned a minimum bid.

2. All bidders must be pre-registered.

3. Online bidding begins on May 19, 2003

4. Online bidding ends at 7pm EDT on May 24, 2003

5. Each day online bidding is open, the top bid will be posted to the website, updated throughout the day (with date stamps noting the last update).

6. Online bids may be placed by sending an e-mail from the same address used to register with bids identified by lot number. Currency is US. Bids reflect the amount that will be paid for the lot if you are identified as the highest bidder at the close of the auction.

7. Registered bidders may submit bids as many times as desired during the bidding period. The e-mail received with the closest date stamp up to but not exceeding 7pm EDT on May 24, 2003 will reflect your final bids.

8. The highest online bid will become the opening bid during the live silent auction on Saturday, May 24, 2003 at the UACC Convention and Autograph Show "Dinner with the Astronauts" to be held in Washington, DC.

9. Your bid constitutes a contract to purchase the item on which it was placed. All winning bids are final. Please read all lot specifications and limitations carefully prior to making a bid. No refunds will be issued and winners are expected to make payment after notification by the ASF.

10. The ASF makes every attempt to accurately represent the items available for bid. If items are damaged in the process of shipping to the winning bidder, he/she should contact ASF, who will assist in resolving the issue.

11. The ASF reserves the right to remove items from the Silent Auction without notice.

12. Notification will be sent to winning bidders via e-mail with payment due within 30 days of receipt. Lots will not be released until payment has cleared. Shipping charges are the responsibility of the bidder.

13. Bidders failing to follow through on a winning bid after the initial notification will be contacted by the ASF to schedule payment. If payment is still not forthcoming, bidding privileges for all future online and on-site auction programs conducted by the ASF may be revoked. When a bidder fails to make payment and bidding privileges are revoked, the bidder with the next highest bid amount will be contacted by the ASF to purchase the donated item.


Auction Catalog
Section One: Astronaut Experiences

Lot 001: Dinner for four with James Lovell


Share an unforgettable evening with the commander of Apollo 13, James Lovell, when he and his wife joins you and your guests for dinner.

Hosted at his son's restaurant, Lovells of Lake Forest in Illinois, you will enjoy an elegant dinner while surrounded by artifacts from Lovell's four space flights.

Here is your opportunity to discuss space exploration with one of its most famous pioneers.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in, Lake Forest, Illinois. The actual date of the event will be determined by James Lovell's availability. Lovell reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $5,250
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 002: A phone call from John Glenn


John Glenn will share a 15 minute telephone call with you (or whomever you choose), answering questions and discussing his two historic space flights.

A professional recording of your call will be provided by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

The actual date of the call will be determined by John Glenn's availability. Glenn reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $510
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 002a: Aerospace Hall of Fame tour with Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronaut Walter Schirra


You and three guests with join the only astronaut to fly on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, Walter "Wally" Schirra as he guides you through the International Aerospace Hall of Fame at the San Diego Aerospace Museum in California.

The Hall of Fame displays oil portraits of each honoree with biographical information and artifacts related to their accomplishments. Honorees include Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin, Charles Lindbergh, and the Wright brothers.

The winning bidder will also receive four passes to see the IMAX movie, "Space Station", compliments of and hosted by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in Los Angeles, California. The actual date of the event will be determined by Walter Schirra's availability. Schirra reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $1,600
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 002b: Invitation for two to join Gordon Cooper at the 20th anniversary screening of "The Right Stuff"


The American Cinematheque, Warner Home Video, Inc. and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper cordially invite you and a guest to the gala 20th anniversary screening of the inspiring Academy Award®-winning epic about the birth of the U.S. space program, "The Right Stuff".

The winning bidder and his/her guest will meet Cooper and his wife at the June 9 screening, to be held in Los Angeles, California. A reception will precede the event; a panel discussion with cast members will follow.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in Los Angeles, California. Gordon Cooper reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $1,350
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 002c: Invitation for two to sit with Scott Carpenter at "The Right Stuff" Gala at Kennedy Space Center


The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, Warner Home Video, and Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter cordially invite you and a guest to "The Right Stuff" Gala honoring the 2003 Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees.

The winning bidder and his/her guest will be seated with Carpenter and his wife at the June 20 invite-only gala, to be hosted by the Apollo Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center. Over 20 Hall of Fame astronauts will join you, including this year's honorees: Daniel Brandenstein, Robert "Hoot" Gibson, and Sally Ride.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in Titusville, Florida. Scott Carpenter reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $1,225
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 003: VIP tour for four of Kennedy Space Center with astronaut Robert Crippen as your guide


You and three of your guests will tour restricted areas of Kennedy Space Center with astronaut Robert Crippen.

Not only did Crippen launch from the Center four times, including as pilot of the first flight of the Space Shuttle, he also was Center Director from 1992 to 1994.

Your tour will also include full access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, compliments Delaware North Park Services of Spaceport, Inc.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations near Kennedy Space Center. The actual date of the event will be determined by Robert Crippen's availability. Crippen reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $1,300
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 004: Tour for four of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center with astronaut Owen Garriott


Dr. Wernher von Braun proposed creating a museum jointly with the US Army Missile Command and NASA. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center opened in 1970.

Tour the museum and rocket park with Skylab and Space Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott. Walk beside the 363 foot Saturn V rocket and stand underneath the only full-stack, full-scale Space Shuttle exhibit.

You will also receive a crew-signed, beta cloth (the same fire resistant material used on the outside of spacesuits) Skylab 2 patch from Garriott's personal collection.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in Huntsville, Alabama. The actual date of the event will be determined by Owen Garriott's availability. Garriott reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $1,250
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 005: Golf with Apollo astronaut Al Worden


Hosted by La Cita Country Club in Titusville, Florida, the winning bidder will join in a game of golf with Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, Al Worden.

In between swings, Worden may share his memories from when he orbited the Moon in 1971.

Win or lose, Worden will award you with a piece from his lunar photography-inspired artwork, personalized to you.

This auction does not include transportation to or from, or accommodations in Titusville, Florida. The actual date of the event will be determined by Al Worden's availability. Worden reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within his discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith. The winning bidder of this event will be required to submit proof of identity and may be subject to a background check.

Winning bid: $2,630
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Section Two: Astronaut Memorabilia

Lot 006: Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 model


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Before he died in 1998, Alan Shepard left his model of Freedom 7 to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, to someday be sold to raise scholarship funds.

Measuring 31 by 7 inches, Shepard's model was one of only eight produced for McDonnell Aircraft and presented to the Mercury astronauts and Robert Gilruth.

View the model as it appears today. Additional photos are available upon request.

Alan Shepard left specific instructions as to the sale of his models. As such, a reserve has been applied to this lot.

Winning bid: $22,750
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 007: Apollo 1 patch and signed "Moon Shot"


According to Deke Slayton's widow, Bobbie Slayton, the Apollo 1 patch included with this lot was one of several presented to Slayton by the Apollo 1 crew. It is identical to the type the crew was wearing on their spacesuits when a flash fire claimed their lives.

Also included, an autographed copy of "Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon" by Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, Jay Barbree, and Howard Benedict. Bobbie Slayton has signed for Deke, who passed away in 1993 before the book was published.

View the signature book plate in detail.

Winning bid: $805
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 007a: Autographed "The All-American Boys"

An autographed first edition copy of "The All-American Boys" from Walt Cunningham's personal collection.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as the "best of the astronauts books", "The All-American Boys" is the no holds barred candid memoir by former Marine jet jockey and Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham.

Cunningham presents the astronauts in all their strengths and their weaknesses including the cut throat "astro politics" that greatly influenced how the astronaut corps functioned. Not just a "tell all" book, Cunningham brings the reader into the training program itself to reveal what it takes physically and mentally to be an astronaut.

Winning bid: $225
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 008: Collection of Buzz Aldrin autographs


A collection of books and publications, each signed by Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin. Included are:

A special edition LIFE Magazine complete with Certificate of Authenticity and embossed folder, issued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Apollo 11. The magazine contains the same pictures and text as was originally published in August 1969. Signed in blue on the cover.

A first edition copy of "Men From Earth" by Buzz Aldrin and Malcolm McConnell. Signed on the title page.

Volumes One and Two of "Apollo 11: The NASA Mission Reports" compiled and published by Apogee Books. Both are autographed on the cover.

Winning bid: $550
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 009: Michael Collins' autograph


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NASA lithograph of Michael Collins' white spacesuit Apollo 11 portrait, autographed by Collins.

Winning bid: $525
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 010: Richard Gordon's Apollo 12 patch


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An Apollo 12 insignia printed on beta cloth.

On the patch, Apollo 12 Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon signs and inscribes: "This beta cloth Apollo XII crew patch is from my personal collection".

Winning bid: $425
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 011: FLOWN Apollo 13 Beta Cloth Patch


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A double matted beta cloth patch flown on Apollo 13 from the personal collection of James Lovell. Beta cloth is fire-resistant glass fiber used as the outer layer of the astronauts' spacesuits.

Lovell has signed and inscribed the matt: "This patch was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft on its flight around the moon 11-17 April 1970".

A certificate of authenticity signed by Lovell is included.

Winning bid: $3,500
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 011a: FLOWN Apollo 13 Lunar Module wiring


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A segment of wiring that served power to the overhead floodlight assembly in the Apollo 13 Lunar Module LM-7 "Aquarius". Fred Haise, Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot, saved this piece from being jettisoned with the LM and has had it in his possession since.

Appromximately 1 inch long when coiled, the wire can be pulled from both ends like a spring (as pictured above).

A certificate of authenticity signed by Haise is included.

Winning bid: $4000
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 012: Alan Shepard's Apollo 14 LM model


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This model of the Lunar Module (6.5 by 9 inches) features separate ascent and descent stages, mounted together on a wooden base (12 by 18 inches).

In addition to an attached Apollo 14 mission patch, a gold plaque on the base is inscribed: "Presented to Captain Alan B. Shepard, USN, Commander Apollo 14. By Grumman Aerospace Corporation".

Alan Shepard left specific instructions as to the sale of his models. As such, a reserve has been applied to this lot.

Final bid: $10,000
Reserve Not Met
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 013: FLOWN Apollo 14 Franklin Mint medallion


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A Franklin Mint medallion flown to the Moon on Apollo 14, from the personal collection of Edgar Mitchell.

The Franklin Mint gave commemorative coins to the astronauts to carry on Apollo 13 and Apollo 14. The astronauts were allowed to keep medallions in exchange for returning an undisclosed number to the Mint.

The obverse depicts the mission's insignia. The reverse shows the lunar disc, noting the destination, Fra Mauro.

Winning bid: $2,100
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 014: Apollo 16 crew-signed insurance cover


Apollo 16 insurance cover from the collection of Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke, signed by John Young, Ken Mattingly, and Duke shortly before their launch.

This was one of a small quantity of covers that were left behind as a form of "insurance" in the event they failed to return from the Moon.

Also: an autographed copy of "Moonwalker" by Charles Duke and his wife, Dottie.

(The above cover is for example purposes only. The actual signed cover to be auctioned may differ slightly. It will be delivered by Duke on May 24.)

Winning bid: $1,500
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 015: Apollo 16 silver Robbins medallion


Apollo 16 silver Robbins medallion (not flown) from the collection of Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke. Robbins medallions were only available to the astronauts.

Also: an autographed copy of "Moonwalker" by Charles Duke and his wife, Dottie.

(The above medallion is for example purposes only. The actual medallion to be auctioned may differ slightly. It will be delivered by Duke on May 24.)

Winning bid: $800
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 016: Apollo-Soyuz Test Project signed patch


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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project beta cloth patch autographed by both the American and Soviet crews, including Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand, Deke Slayton, Alexei Leonov, and Valeri Kubasov. Originally part of the Slayton collection.

Winning bid: $1,000
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 017: Skylab 1 and STS-6 beta cloth patches


Two autographed beta cloth patches from the personal collection of Paul Weitz.

First, a Skylab 1 (SL-2) emblem autographed by Weitz. Second, a rare Space Shuttle mission (STS-6) beta cloth insignia, also signed. You can see the difference between Apollo- and Shuttle-era beta cloth comparing these.

Winning bid: $375
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 018: Skylab 1 silver Robbins medallion


A silver Skylab 1 (SL-2) Robbins medallion (not flown) that has been configured to be a pendant. Includes a matching silver necklace chain. Originally the property of Skylab astronaut Paul Weitz.

(The mirror finish of the actual medallion is far more brilliant than appears in the above photograph.)

Winning bid: $725
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 019: Skylab 2 autographed beta cloth


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Donated by Jack Lousma, this Skylab 2 (SL-3) beta cloth emblem is autographed by the crew. Included with the patch, is the original bag that contained a stack of these cloth insignias, complete with a NASA-MSC "Cleaned for Service" tag (label is on bag, not patch).

Winning bid: $300
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 020: Skylab 3 autographed beta cloth


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A Skylab 3 (SL-4) beta cloth emblem autographed by Ed Gibson, Bill Pogue, and consignor Jerry Carr.

Winning bid: $375
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 021: Bill Pogue's manuscripts and proofs


An unprecedented collection of original manuscripts, draft and proof copies, and final editions of books written by Skylab 3 (SL-4) Pilot William "Bill" Pogue. Included are:

An original draft version of "How Do You Go To The Bathroom In Space?" (1982) including numerous marginal notes and suggestions from the Public Affairs Office at Johnson Space Center. There were only two draft copies of the original version of "Bathroom"; this is one (the other remains with Pogue).

A rough pre-layout copy of "Astronaut Primer" (1985). This was Pogue's only copy.

A draft copy of the second edition of "Bathroom" dating to 1990. Pogue's editor had a problem with questions dealing with sex and were replaced before going to print. This is one of two drafts that contain the sex questions.

The only copy of the final draft of the second edition of "Bathroom". Pogue used this copy to proof the galley.

An uncorrected proof of "The Trikon Deception".

Drafts of two articles written for "Aviation 100", a three-book set. These books were not sold but rather distributed to Fortune 500 CEOs and top executives.

Both the original and second edition of "Bathroom" as they were published and sold.

(All the above documents include individual COAs written by Pogue as well typed letters explaining each draft.)

Winning bid: $600
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 022: FLOWN Skylab 3 teleprinter page


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A 2 by 4.25 inch piece of heat sensitive paper printed with instructions uplinked to the Skylab 3 (SL-4) crew.

On the reverse of the paper, using a pen (and ink) flown on Skylab, SL-4 Pilot Bill Pogue certifies the paper as having flown over 100 million miles (over 4,300 orbits) in space between May 14, 1973 and February 8, 1974. Donated to the ASF by the Spacecoast Cover Service.

Winning bid: $225
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 023: FLOWN STS-51A teleprinter page


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An 8.5 by 10.5 inch piece of manilla paper, printed with a message sent by Mission Control during mission STS-51A. Certified by mission commander Rick Hauck as flown in space, he writes: "This teleprinter page was flown aboard STS-51A Discovery, November 1984."

Also: an autographed postcard (by Rick Hauck) showing Dale Gardner and Joe Allen above the satellites retrieved during the first space salvage in history.

Winning bid: $300
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 024: FLOWN Kapton tape from the first (Apollo 11) and last (Apollo 17) manned lunar landings


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Applied over the surface of the Apollo Command Module, Kapton tape was used to protect the spacecraft from the extreme temperatures of outer space.

This lot includes two samples of flown kapton tape:

A fragment removed from the Apollo 11 CM "Columbia" that took Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins on the first lunar landing mission. Attached to a descriptive 8.5 by 11 inch presentation produced by the Spacecoast Cover Service.

Also, two segments removed from the Apollo 17 CM "America". Mounted in a slant-sided clear Lucite cylinder with the Apollo 17 crew insignia below, it was prepared for The Cernan Corporation (as in Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Commander and the "last man to walk on the Moon").

Winning bid: $750
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 025: FLOWN cloth from three shuttle flights


Installed over insulation blankets (in a manner similar to window screening) Beta cloth liner helps maintain the cleanliness of the Space Shuttle payload bay and as such is replaced between missions where configuration needs, damage or discoloration demands.

Included with this lot are three samples of flown liner:

An 8.5 by 11 inch presentation with an attached sample of payload bay liner by STS-82, the second Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

Also, two bookmarks produced by NASA with segments from STS-61, the first Hubble repair mission and STS-91, the last shuttle flight to the Mir Space Station.

Winning bid: $160
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

Lot 026: ASF memorabilia collection

A complete collection of memorabilia created by and for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Includes:

2001 Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction poster signed by Robert Crippen, Joe Engle, Richard Truly, and Rick Hauck.

40th anniversary of Mercury orbital flights 8.5 by 11 inch photograph signed by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, and Gordon Cooper

40th anniversary of Mercury orbital flights medallion minted with metal from launch pad.

30th anniversary of Apollo 17 8 by 10 inch photographs (x2) signed by Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

Framed and mounted "Apollo 13" DVD signed by Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and James Lovell.

Photograph (8 by 10 inch) of Mission Control signed by Gene Kranz and James Lovell.

Winning bid: $725
Updated: 1:00am EDT, May 25

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