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Regency-Superior will conduct a two-day Public Auction at their gallery in Beverly Hills, California on April 19th & 20th. This sale will have over 1,100 Space memorabilia lots ranging from early aviation to the Mercury Program through the ISS including autographed covers and documents, flown equipment, flown flags, and other important and rarely offered collectibles. Plus, a major model section (78 lots) including 12 different handmade rocket models dating from the late 1950s (these are truly amazing works that include part of the launch structures).
The Space sessions begin at 10am (Pacific Time) on both days with a live bidding floor at the Gallery with simulcast bidding on eBay Live Auctions.
Regency-Superior has material in this sale that is head and shoulders above other space auctions. Consignments are offered from astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Jean-Loup Chretien; from the estates of astronauts Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton and Ed White II; from esteemed collector Rooster Andrews as well as from the internationally known balloonist Don Piccard.
Some of the highlights that they, and others, have consigned are as follows:
(Lot 11) An actual flown Japanese "FUGO" balloon, used by Japan during WWII to bomb the United States. This balloon is one of the Army version balloons actually deployed. It is 10 meters in size, weighs 152 pounds, and has a volume of 19,000 cubic feet. Hydrogen gas was used as the lifting agent. These balloons traveled at an altitude of about 30,000 feet, and used the jet stream to travel up to 300 miles per hour for propulsion. This balloon offered is the fourth known example of a war-flown balloon, and is the only one known to be in private hands. It is in excellent condition with minor faults, and includes the curtain and suspension cord. It does not include the bomb payload device, and is presently folded and stored in a sealed fiber drum with Dowcide anti-fungal toxic crystals.
(Lot 15) A 1934 cover flown on the Piccard Stratospheric Flight in which Jeanette Piccard (consignor's mother) attempted to fly high enough to become the "First Woman in Space". This cover is signed by Jeanette and her husband Jean, and addressed to her son, Don Piccard. This is cover #4 — covers #1-3 were given to other family members, and have never come on the market. Pristine condition.
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