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neo1022
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posted 06-23-2014 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased this item, and was hoping someone in the cS community might recognize it and be able to provide some provenance. It is an ~8" bronze sculpture of an astronaut about to step off the lunar module pad onto the lunar surface (probably Armstrong).

Regency-Superior auctioned one of these several years ago, but they provided very little information. This one was clearly an award ("1970 Charger Award") given to L. Schantz — no idea who this is, or where he worked.

In any case, I'd appreciate any information anyone might have on this cool sculpture. It's solid bronze, and weighs almost 8 lbs.

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-24-2014 04:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have two of these and they are on eBay every now and then.

Daugherty54
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posted 06-24-2014 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That thing looks great. I'd love to have one. There is one on eBay now but its already at $105.

neo1022
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posted 06-24-2014 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neo1022   Click Here to Email neo1022     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One sold at a 2012 Regency-Superior auction for $787! This seems to have been an anomaly--most seem to go for around $200-$250 at auction. Beware the one on eBay right now--looks like a poor casting from an original. Metal color is wrong, the moon lacks the surface craters of the original, and it just looks unfinished... Plus, no base...

Philip
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posted 06-29-2014 08:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb Apollo astronaut "Stepping on the Lunar Surface" figurine made by F. Rebechini in bronze... weighs about 3 kilograms and costs between US $150.00 and US $250.00.

Although I have no idea how many were made, it's great to see it increases in value.

Comparison of astronaut figurines; left pewter-like by Compulsion Sculpture Bromley and right bronze by F. Rebechini.

Daugherty54
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posted 07-05-2014 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish I could locate one of those pewter looking statues.

Philip
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posted 07-06-2014 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A (same scale) pewter version of an astronaut figure holding a flag is a regular item on eBay.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 07-06-2014 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Philip, I may be wrong but I think the figure with the flag is on a smaller scale than the pewter like example.

Daugherty54
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posted 07-06-2014 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you might be referring to the smaller Franklin Mint figure.

Philip
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posted 07-10-2014 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both figurines in my photo really look great, the other pewter like figurine I mentioned stands on a thin round base and holds a US flag pole at arms length (Franklin Mint 1976)...

Philip
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posted 10-26-2014 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Armstrong figure on the left isn't pewter at all, it's really strong metal with the backpack soldered onto the astronaut.

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