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JasonIUP
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posted 03-11-2010 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just found out that Aurora's new catalog will be available online any day, and the auction dates will be March 20th and 21st, 2010.

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posted 03-14-2010 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Outerspace   Click Here to Email Outerspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know anything about this auction? Is Aurora coming back into the business or are they cleaning out their back room of material from the past? Their website shows that this is a "space/historical/automobilia" auction.

JasonIUP
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posted 03-23-2010 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Aurora auction was postponed a week. It's now online, and I was told that catalogs will not be sent.

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posted 03-27-2010 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnraiders   Click Here to Email johnraiders     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any thoughts on this, Lot 397, I've looked at the Autopen guide and doesn't look like those.

benguttery
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posted 03-27-2010 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My opinion of LiveAuctioneers has changed. Seems to have worked flawlessly.

divemaster
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posted 03-27-2010 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to admit that I was astonished at how insanely low the legit autographs sold for. $30 for a "Jumping John" autographed photo? I couldn't believe how much sold for under $50. I think the biggest deal was the Apollo 15 "wives pin" for $1500. I have a feeling that there are a bunch of very disappointed consignors right now.

GerryM
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posted 03-27-2010 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GerryM   Click Here to Email GerryM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by divemaster:
$30 for a "Jumping John" autographed photo?
In my opinion, I do not feel this was a 'legit' signature. Sadly, I think someone wasted $30.00. There were plenty other astronaut forgeries, Roosa, Shepard, etc. in the auction as well. You can sure tell what auctions were NOT screened by Scott Cornish!

divemaster
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posted 03-27-2010 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The JJ shot was up and down so quickly, I couldn't see it that well. I was more astonished by the price to look at the signature.

stsmithva
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posted 03-27-2010 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wasn't crazy about many of the signed photos in this auction, but can anyone point out good buys made on the publications, red serial number photos, hardware, and other items of more certain authenticity?

I was the top bidder on lot 212, the General Dynamics, Convair Division Mercury-Atlas contractors model. It's not in pretty shape, but I've always liked the Atlas a lot, and I'm happy to now have my first contractors model. I'd like to think that it was a good deal at $34. Maybe I should be addressing this in "Models & Toys", but can anyone say what they think of this one?

NightHawk117
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posted 03-27-2010 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NightHawk117   Click Here to Email NightHawk117     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I was the top bidder on lot 212, the General Dynamics, Convair Division Mercury-Atlas contractors model... I'd like to think that it was a good deal at $34.
You got a heck of a deal on the Topping Mercury Atlas model. I won a few things from Aurora a few years back using online bidding and they came up with some excuse saying that a mail bid out bid me AFTER the auction! That was it for me! My Aurora days are over! I hope they stick to your bid price and sell it to you.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 03-28-2010 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by benguttery:
My opinion of LiveAuctioneers has changed. Seems to have worked flawlessly.
I'd agree there. This seemed to be the best piece of auction software out there. No bandwidth lags as with Heritage and no Regency hiccups.

Some pieces were insanely cheap ($60 for a 16x20 signed by Scott) while others, like the MR-4 Grissom launch failed to meet their (very high) reserves. As Gerry says, though, there were some traps for the unaware.

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posted 03-28-2010 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by divemaster:
I think the biggest deal was the Apollo 15 "wives pin" for $1500.

It was actually marked as PASSED at the end which I think means it failed to meet the reserve.

divemaster
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posted 03-28-2010 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The thing that bothered me the most - and maybe it's just because I'm a creature of habit - I like to have a hard copy of the auction catalog in my hands while I'm bidding. I also like to make notes and write in comparisons from old catalogs. I felt like I was flying blind during this auctions. There wasn't enough time to study the online catalog or to bounce back and forth between the online version and the ongoing auction. But as Mint said, there were a lot of very questionable signatures. Lots of bad Cernan's and one especially bad Schirra [who forges a Schirra?]

I'm just curious to see how the half dozen things look when they eventually arrive. If I'm displeased, they'll go back. Aurora can't risk upsetting any more customers.

So, is Bonham's next?

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posted 03-28-2010 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnraiders   Click Here to Email johnraiders     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which were the bad Cernans?

I missed early part of auction so not sure how much the Armstrongs went for.

Nobody bought a lot of the flown Russian flags, even though price dropped.

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posted 03-28-2010 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnraiders   Click Here to Email johnraiders     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay winning prices can be seen online. I bought the jumping John Young, what's wrong with it?

mjanovec
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posted 03-28-2010 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by johnraiders:
I bought the jumping John Young, what's wrong with it?

Compare it to an authentic signature from the Novaspace signings.

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Originally posted by divemaster:
I was more astonished by the price to look at the signature.

I was more astonished by the signature to look at the price.

daveblog
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posted 03-29-2010 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Out of boredom on Saturday I watched and won a few lots in the Aurora auction. I didn't spend much and was just looking for opinions on the two lots with autographs that I won.
  • Lot 601: Shuttle, Ken Mattingly and Bob Overmyer Autographs
  • Lot 754: Brand, Overmyer, Allen & Lenoir Autographs
Thanks, Dave

Spacefest
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posted 03-29-2010 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by divemaster:
Aurora can't risk upsetting any more customers.

Aurora's been gone for two years. If a sucker is born every minute, then they've got plenty.

wmk
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posted 04-01-2010 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wmk   Click Here to Email wmk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I won a couple of lots at this auction and assume that I will eventually get an invoice, but no luck yet contacting Aurora for how to pay for these. Does anyone know if invoices have been sent. I haven't heard a word from Aurora on the lots I won. Maybe a few more days?

daveblog
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posted 04-01-2010 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for daveblog   Click Here to Email daveblog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received an email from Aurora that they are pulling won lots together and prepping for packing and final invoicing.

benguttery
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posted 04-05-2010 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Invoice received via email. Paid by paypal.

rpatrick
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posted 04-09-2010 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rpatrick   Click Here to Email rpatrick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also me. Invoice received via email. Paid via PayPal.

benguttery
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posted 04-09-2010 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shipment notice via email today.

benguttery
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posted 04-14-2010 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Items received today. Thanks for the great service.

rpatrick
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posted 04-15-2010 03:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rpatrick   Click Here to Email rpatrick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received today shipping notification from UPS.

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