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Robert Pearlman

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posted 10-25-2004 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a Swann Galleries press release:
Swann Galleries' Tuesday, November 9 auction, which offers Autographs in just about every collecting category, is especially strong in Americana. As always, there are autographs of Presidents, statesmen, military figures, scientists, writers, artists, musicians, and entertainers. This sale also offers a section of astronauts' autographs.


Items from the collection of astronaut Buzz Aldrin are featured in the section on space exploration, including a flown U.S. flag from Apollo 11, the first lunar landing flight, signed and inscribed by Aldrin, saying in part, "This flag traveled to the Moon . . ." ($22,000 to $28,000); and a flown Apollo 11 postal cover signed by Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, Webster, Texas, 11 August 1969 ($20,000 to $25,000).


The auction will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9. The items will be on public exhibition Thursday, November 4 and Friday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An illustrated catalogue, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $25 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25 Street, New York, NY 10010, and can also be viewed online at Bids can also be submitted by e-mail via the website.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by telephone during the auction, please contact Jeremy Markowitz, Americana Specialist, at (212) 254-4710, extension 27, or at


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posted 11-12-2004 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SRB   Click Here to Email SRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The result of the Swann auction have now been posted on the Swann website. The two main lots, the Apollo 11 flown flag and the Apollo 11 flown cover did not sell. Here are the results for the Space related lots, without the 15% buyer premium:

141 (SPACE.) A flown U. S. flag from Apollo 11. 0 Unsold
142 (SPACE.) A flown Apollo 11 commemorative postal cover, Signed by the Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, 0 Unsold
143 (SPACE.) ALDRIN, BUZZ. A flown Apollo 11 Lunar Module Activation Checklist, Signed and Inscribed Flown to the lunar surface on Apollo 5,800 Sold
144 (SPACE.) ALDRIN, BUZZ. A flown page from the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, Signed and Inscribed This page was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 2,600 Sold
145 (SPACE.) ALDRIN, BUZZ. A flown Gemini XII EVA Checklist Card Signed and Inscribed, Flown on Gemini XII, used during EVA, Buzz Aldrin. 0 Unsold
146 (SPACE.) Blueprint of the RF Antenna & Transmission Line Systems of the launch center for Saturn V, Signed by 3 astronauts: Cooper, Ald 300 Sold
147 (SPACE.) Color lithograph Signed by 7 astronauts: Aldrin, Bean, Duke, Gordon, Haise, Mitchell and Stafford, 450 Sold
148 (SPACE.) Color Photograph Signed, by the crew of Apollo 12: Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, and Alan Bean. 150 Sold
149 (SPACE.) Photograph Signed, by the crew of the Apollo 15: Dave Scott, Al Worden and Jim Irwin. 300 Sold
150 (SPACE.) Poster Signed by 4 astronauts: Stafford, Aldrin, Conrad and Duke. 300 Sold
151 (SPACE.) Poster Signed by 6 astronauts: Aldrin, Conrad, Cooper, Gordon, Schirra and Stafford. 325 Sold
152 (SPACE.) COLUMBIA CREW. Lithographed crew portrait Signed by all 7 astronauts: Dave Brown, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, 9,000 Sold



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posted 11-14-2004 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert and Steve,
Thank you for information.
It is interesting to see that an Apollo 11 flown signed cover is not sold for 20,000.00 $ minimum bid. It seems, prices go down steadily.

Take care,


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From: Brooklyn New York
Registered: Jun 2002

posted 11-18-2004 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael   Click Here to Email Michael     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Everbody,
I was at the auction to get something else not space related and was surprised when the flown flag to the moon signed by Buzz and from his collection got up to 14,000 and than passed. I was wondering why prices are going down......maybe too many of them. How many flags did he bring with him...just asking????

spaced out

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posted 11-18-2004 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess it's simply a question of supply and demand. How many space-nuts are there out there with $20k+ to spend on a flown Apollo 11 flag? Compare that with the number of flown Apollo 11 flags that have been offered in the last few years and it seems the supply has outstripped the demand. The same goes for pretty-much all flown items.

The result has to be either lower prices or items going unsold. Few sellers (astronauts or others) are willing to accept that their items are worth less than similar items sold in years gone by so I guess we're going to see more stuff failing to meet reserves.

As for how many flags were flown per mission, it's something that's been discussed before but no-one knows the answers for sure.


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posted 11-18-2004 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there seems to be many more flown Apollo 11 items than previously sought.
As prices go up, people try to unload them for top dollar.
These will remain great items to own, and one or two auction results is not indicative of a trend.
I think it is fair to say that there are NOT a very select small number (e.g.10-12) of these items. Maybe others can shed some light on how many flown flags are out there.
Keep in mind that we have not seen Armstrong's items yet, either.


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