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Jurvetson
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From: Menlo Park, CA, United States
Registered: Sep 2011

posted 09-22-2013 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurvetson   Click Here to Email Jurvetson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this look like the real deal to you?
This is truly the only piece of the Apollo 11 command module in private hands. I bought this many years ago, at an auction in San Francisco. It's like owing a piece of Noah's Ark, an amazing historical artifact. But I'm finally willing to sell it and I'm trying eBay first. So here's your shot to own one of the most unique artifacts in the world. It's genuine, it's completely rare and it can be yours if the price is right. Jeff Bezos, if you're out there, I'd gladly make this yours.

When I bought this item, there was still some issue of NASA's claim upon it, or else I probably could not have afforded it. But NASA declined to make such a claim and I have enjoyed ownership for more than a decade.

I'll be maniacal about payment and transfer of ownership, but I guarantee authenticity.

mode1charlie
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From: Honolulu, HI, USA
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posted 09-22-2013 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same initial reaction ("yeah, right!"), but then found this article from 2000 about the apparent c. 1970s era disassociation of the handle from the Columbia spacecraft that is at the National Air and Space Museum. So I suppose it's technically plausible, but A. I'm still extremely skeptical; B. the seller's credentials aren't especially confidence-inspiring; and C. it's notable that the listing was already pulled (purportedly "sold" for $100,000 right out of the gate).

3D printing does wonderful things these days, I hear.

David Carey
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posted 09-22-2013 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw that the auction ended and thought perhaps it was you who bought it (?).

If the original auction paperwork is intact and there is a distinguishing tie between the auctioned item and the piece offered (i.e. serial and part number match ideally) then I'd say it looks to be the real deal, though it would make me nervous otherwise. Duplication is increasingly in the realm of possibilities these days.

I found the painted particle board case made to house the item a bit incongruous with the quality of the artifact but that's easily fixed if the rest of the story is solid.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-22-2013 09:17 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 mode1charlie:
...but then found this article from 2000 about the apparent c. 1970s era disassociation of the handle from the Columbia spacecraft that is at the National Air and Space Museum.
You needn't have gone off-site: Apollo 11 rail sale proceeds despite NASA

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