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Superior to feature firsts, rare memorabilia

October 5, 1999 — An astronaut's lapel pin that belonged to the first American to walk in space will be among 3,000 rare space-related items to be auctioned later this month. The October 23-24 space memorabilia auction is the 13th in seven years for Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills, CA.

Superior believes this is the first time an astronaut's lapel pin has ever been sold. The gold pin, which was worn by Edward H. White, II, was presented to him by NASA after his Gemini 4 mission. All astronauts wear a silver version of the same pin prior to their first flight when they receive the gold replacement.

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The 2815 lots include artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and shuttle programs, as well as material from the early days of rocketry and satellites. Soviet and Russian missions are also well represented in the sale.

A 400-page illustrated auction catalog is expected to be available beginning this Thursday. An online version can be viewed today on Superior's website.

Due to the late release of the catalog, Superior has said that those interested in participating should phone, fax or e-mail their bids to insure that they arrive before the sale.

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