St. Louis, MO, United States
DoneFri, Oct 10, 2008 4:00 PM UTC
SPACE & AVIATION PUBLIC AUCTION #69
50 YEARS AGO NASA WAS FOUNDED, ONLY ONE YEAR AFTER RUSSIA SENT THE FIRST SATELLITE INTO ORBIT FOLLOWED SHORTLY THEREAFTER BY THE FIRST AMERICAN SATELLITE. SLIGHTLY OVER A DECADE LATER NEIL ARMSTRONG & BUZZ ALDRIN WALKED ON THE MOON! Our October 10th sale features almost 1,000 lots of Space and Aviation collectibles with items flown to and used on the Moon during the Apollo program, flown space parts of Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle spacecraft, and much more. From early this century we note a completely hand-written (and signed in five places) article by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the Father of Russian rocket science (lot #681). There are also several publications in English, German, French, and Russian relating to Space Science & Astronomy from both the 19th & 20th Centuries. An interesting early artifact in the sale is an actual Gyroscope from a 1940s German V-2 rocket (lot #6). Non-flown items include important precision contractor models of spacecraft, satellites and other space hardware. Key among these is a beautiful Official NASA model of Vanguard I (lot #857) and a magnificent large scale model of a Saturn thruster (lot #858). Among Russian models is a striking Vostok model (lot #882). Also being offered are commemorative items like patches, medallions including many flown and unflown Robbins medallions from Apollo, Skylab & Shuttle missions, and a complete flown set of Gemini Flite-Line medallions. One of the finest autograph holdings of Astronauts and others involved in the space program is also in this sale.