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mensax
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posted 04-03-2008 06:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that there is a rare Silver LM Grumman presentation up for auction at Astro-Auction, from the collection of Jim McDivitt.

I was wondering if anyone knew any more about these models? I've only seen three others of these come onto the market, all from the collections of Apollo mission commanders. I believe it was Pete Conrad's that sold for $26k and then Al Shepard's, and finally Dave Scott's.

Were these only presented to mission commanders that used the LM? ...meaning there are nine of these?

Noah

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-03-2008 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Noah,

Good question. I recall the Apollo 11 astronauts each having one made by Cartier; Mike Collins' was sold at auction a couple of years ago; lot # 588 Aurora auction Novemebr 2003.

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Rick

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-03-2008 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I vaguely recall seeing a photograph of Edgar Mitchell holding a silver LM presentation, but checking my files for such an image, cannot find it. I'll continue to look.

mensax
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posted 04-03-2008 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rick, I believe those are the gold ones that you are referring to. Tremendous pieces... only three were made. I believe Collin's LM was bought by Cartier, Neil's is the museum that bears his name, and Buzz's is up for sale at the next Superior auction.

Robert, if you find that photo of Mitchell with a silver LM I'd be interested in seeing it. Do you remember where it sold?

Noah

dsenechal
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posted 04-03-2008 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe these chrome-plated LM models were made ONLY for the Apollo astronauts who flew the LM, and perhaps one very select V-V-VIP. Buzz Aldrin's silver LM model sold in the Fall 1993 Superior Auction for $577. The only "non-astronaut" silver LM model I've seen belonged to James Webb, and last I saw it, it was in the space museum in Durham, NC. These models appear to be based on the standard Topping/Precise model, but the plastic was chrome plated, and the markings were different than the standard decals.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-03-2008 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mensax:
Robert, if you find that photo of Mitchell with a silver LM I'd be interested in seeing it. Do you remember where it sold?
I found the photograph:

As you can see, it is an archival photo and not one taken for a sale. It does however, establish that the models were presented to more than just the commander.

mensax
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posted 04-03-2008 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting information Dave. Thanks for sharing. $577 for Aldrin's silver LM? Oh, how I wish I could go back in time for those early Superior sales.

What a great photo Robert. It appears that Mitchell is very pleased with the model.

Noah

Larry McGlynn
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posted 04-03-2008 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Noah, the silver LM that sold for $26,000 was Dick Gordon's presentation piece that sold at the 1999 Christie's auction.

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