This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, which story has been told in the award-winning motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Regency-Superior has put together an extensive collection of memorabilia related to that mission and many others - all to go on the auction block on Friday, April 16, 2010 beginning at 10am (Pacific Time) in Beverly Hills, California.
Items from Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and shuttle missions, as well as Russian and other space programs are represented in this auction, plus early balloon, zeppelin and dirigible flights.
A key item offered is a genuine early Gemini spacesuit (c.1963) complete with helmet, gloves and boots (Lot 99). It was constructed by NASA with gloves made for Gus Grissom, and torso made for Alan Shepard, America's first two astronauts.
Among the Zeppelin material is a wonderful portfolio given to American engineer George Miller who helped design refueling stations for the German Zeppelin company. A fine group of early rocket mail items is also present.
In the Mercury section, we note a photo signed by all seven original Mercury astronauts (Lot 70). This official NASA 8x10" black & white photo shows the early American astronauts gathered around a launch vehicle model.
A unique large die proof of the USA 4c Project Mercury stamp (Lot 94) is offered from the collection of Dr. Reuben Ramkissoon - an incredible exhibit piece to complete your space collection.
The Apollo section sports an Apollo 11 flown to the Moon flag (Lot 190). The flag is signed by Buzz Aldrin, and is presented on a 9x11" Apollo 11 display.
Other highlights from this sale include:
- Electronic and mechanical parts from Command Modules or Lunar Modules
- Some extraordinary signed photographs and lithographs from virtually every Apollo astronaut
- Exemplary section of Shuttle autographed photographs, lithographs & covers
- A complete Shuttle tire flown during the ALT (Approach and Landing Test) program
- A Shuttle Aft Flight Deck Trainer that was used to train Astronauts for STS-61, the first mission to repair the Hubble telescope
Join us in person at our Beverly Hills gallery, or bid LIVE online via our website. All lots are available for viewing in our Beverly Hills gallery beginning on Tuesday, April 13th. You may also view lots and place bids directly on our website