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[b]Regency-Superior Conducts Space Public Aucton[/b]
Regency-Superior will conduct a Space Public Auction at their gallery in Beverly Hills, California on Friday, October 10th beginning at 10am (Pacific Time). This auction features almost 1,000 lots of Space and Aviation collectibles with items flown to and used on the Moon during the Apollo program, flown space parts of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle spacecraft, and much more.
From early this century we note a completely hand-written (and signed in five places) article by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the “Father” of Russian rocket science (lot #681). There are also several publications in English, German, French, and Russian relating to Space Science & Astronomy from both the 19th & 20th Centuries. An interesting early artifact in the sale is an actual Gyroscope from a 1940s German V-2 rocket (lot #6).
More recent memorabilia includes: pieces of flown heatshield from many of the Gemini and Apollo flights; bits and pieces of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, ASTP & the Shuttle are also present throughout the sale. Memorabilia carried by Astronauts or Cosmonauts is also present including flags and patches carried in space or to the Moon on many missions. See lot #120 for a group of four Apollo mission patches carried to the Moon on their respective missions, and lot #285 for a flag and mission patch carried aboard the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon. A flown to the Moon LM Lunar Surface Checklist page with detailed descriptive letter of authenticity by Buzz Aldrin is another key item (lot #191) as is a flown to the Moon Beta Cloth patch from the same mission (lot #192).
Non-flown items include important precision contractor models of spacecraft, satellites and other space hardware. Key among these is a beautiful Official NASA model of Vanguard I (lot #857) and a magnificent large scale model of a Saturn thruster (lot #858). Among Russian models is a striking Vostok model (lot #882). Also being offered are commemorative items like patches, medallions including many flown and unflown Robbins medallions from Apollo, Skylab & Shuttle missions, and a complete flown set of Gemini Flite-Line medallions.
One of the finest autograph holdings of Astronauts and others involved in the space program is also in this sale. We note many genuine signed pieces by Neil Armstrong (lots #204-212), Yuri Gagarin (lots #667, 762-782), and the late Apollo 1 crew member Roger Chaffee (lot #126), many more. Complete crew signed photos and covers are spread throughout the sale with many better ones such as Apollo 1 (lot #128), Apollo 11 (lots #216-237), and a wonderful complete set of STS-51L single signed photos (lot #511). Insurance covers are also noted.
The auction will have a live bidding floor and simulcast bidding on eBay Live Auctions. Viewing of the lots is available beginning Wednesday, October 8th at Regency-Superior’s gallery at 9478 W. Olympic Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Those who would like detailed lot information may contact the gallery at (310) 553-5475.
The entire auction is [URL=http://www.RegencySuperior.com]available online[/URL] for viewing and bidding, and includes full lot descriptions, estimates, color photographs and opening bids. A full color catalog is available to all bidders by calling toll-free 1-800-782-0066.
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