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markbharmon
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posted 05-15-2012 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The artist who painted the Apollo 11, James R. Cooper, is my stepfather, and was married to my mother for more than 25 years.

Many don't know this, but when Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins returned from space, Michael Collins took the original Apollo 11 painting, and he and the other two astronauts signed the artwork and gave the original artwork back to my stepfather for him to keep. This was the only piece of Apollo artwork ever released back to the artist.

Here's the rub. I possess not only photos of Michael Collins presenting the original artwork back to Jim, but I have the only three remaining prints of the signed artwork. Jim, at the 20th anniversary of the space flight, sold them in Houston for $65 for commemorative purposes.

I assure you these are not $65, but each print is also originally and individually signed by James Cooper. Therefore, for those serious space collectors out there, I may be swayed to part with two of these prints for the right amount of monetary pressure. You cannot get these anywhere else unless you bought one in 1989 (only five were sold in 1989).

Also included with the print is a photograph of Michael Collins presenting the original bearing the astronauts signatures to Jim Cooper. This is for serious collectors.

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posted 05-15-2012 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So my question would be, what are you looking to get for one?

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posted 05-18-2012 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One already sold, the second I will let go at $500, and the third will most likely go up on eBay with a $1000 reserve, unless the same person buys both at $500 each. I've done my homework and this is more than reasonable.

They are worth much more, but as long as they are appreciated, that's all that matters. I would consider any reasonable offer.

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posted 05-18-2012 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess I'm confused. Is this a print of the painting just signed by the artist-or is this a print signed by the artist and the Apollo 11 crew? Obviously there a difference of at least a couple thousand dollars between the two. Thanks

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posted 05-18-2012 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When the crew returned to earth, they signed the original painting and presented it back to Jim, the artist. The original signatures of the astronauts are on the original.

These are the only prints made AFTER the astronauts signed the original. My stepfather's signature on each print is original.

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posted 05-18-2012 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am receiving a lot of interest, and am thinking of auctioning both, but I will honor this offer for another hour or two for those who are serious. You can call me at 864-905-4400 with questions.

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posted 05-18-2012 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two sold, one remaining. First reasonable offer grabs it

Mark Harmon
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posted 06-21-2012 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IconDesign29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anyone here ever get one of these prints?

cosmos-walter
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posted 06-22-2012 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark, can you provide us a picture of the print signed by your father-in law?

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