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  • Apollo 11 Crew Autographs
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    Apollo 11 Crew Autographs

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    Apollo 11 Crew Autographs

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    • Set of three autographs from the Apollo 11 Moon landing crew - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins

     

    A set of 3 autographs from each member of the Apollo 11 crew.

    Neil Armstrong has signed in black ink across a 5” x 3” piece of off-white paper. Neil Armstong's signature has seen a giant leap in value since he passed away in 2012, 

    Buzz Aldrin has signed in blue ink across a 3.9” x 2.6” off white card with a printed maroon border.

    Michael Collins has signed in black ink across an Apollo 11 commemorative stamp from the Democratic Republic of Congo on a 3½” x 2½” cream coloured card.

    An excellent, clear set of signatures from the Apollo 11 crew.

     

     

  • Apollo 17 command module scale model signed by Gene Cernan
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    Apollo 17 command module scale model signed by Gene Cernan

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    Detailed solid mahogany 1/32 scale model of the Apollo 17 command module, signed on the side in black felt tip, “Gene Cernan, Apollo XVII.”

    In fine condition. A large signature on a visually impressive and interesting item.

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  • Buzz Aldrin Autographed Magnificent Desolation First Edition
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    Buzz Aldrin Autographed Magnificent Desolation First Edition

    For Sale: £750.00

    Buzz Aldrin is an American mechanical engineer and astronaut who was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the moon in history. On July 20 1969, he became the second person to set foot on the moon behind mission commander Neil Armstrong.

    Magnificent Desolation (2009) is a book by Buzz Aldrin which features beautiful images from the Apollo 11 mission with words from the famous astronaut. It was published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing in history.

    This first edition copy of Magnificent Desolation is limited to five hundred copies, all of which have been signed by Aldrin.

    This copy features Aldrin's autograph clearly in blue ink on a white page at the front of the book. It comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity stating that the book was hand-signed by Buzz Aldrin on August 21 2008 in the presence of Jack Bacon (publisher). The certificate is signed by Bacon and Gregory G. Krisilas of Coconut Rose Books.

    A wonderful memoir of one the most incredible historic events.

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

    For Sale: £395.00

    Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is the American astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. During the course of his career, he also discovered nearly 800 asteroids and the first object in the Kuiper Belt.

    Tombaugh travelled the United States giving talks on astronomy, in particular, his discovery of Pluto. During the talks he would often share his light hearted version of the Ten Commandments called "Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter".

    The commandments are as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8½" x 11".

    Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study planetary science.

    This sheet has been signed "Clyde W. Tombaugh, 31 July 1984" in blue ink across the bottom.

    The sheet features some archive folds which do not affect the autograph. Otherwise in excellent condition.

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

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    • Signed sketch of the Solar System from astronomer Clyde Tombaugh

    American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997) is most famous for discovering the planet Pluto in 1930. During his career he also discovered many asteroids, variable stars, star clusters, galaxy clusters and a galaxy supercluster.

    This is an original sketch by Clyde Tombaugh showing the orbit of Pluto in comparison to the orbits of Earth, Saturn and Neptune.

    The pencil sketch has been drawn on a sheet of off-white card measuring 5½" x 7½". There are several compass holes in the card but it is otherwise in fine condition.

    Tombaugh has titled the sketch "SOLAR SYSTEM" and has signed and inscribed "Drawn by Clyde Tombaugh, 18 Sept 1990" below the title.

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

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    American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is best known for discovering the planet Pluto. He also discovered many asteroids (nearly 800) and the first object in what would later become known as the Kuiper Belt. He had a great interest in alien life and called for serious scientific research into UFOs.

    Tombaugh would often share his own, tongue in cheek, version of the Ten Commandments during talks. His version, is called Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter, and reads as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8½" x 11".

    Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study planetary science.

    This copy has been inscribed by Tombaugh: "To Rev. William Ward, with best wishes, Clyde W. Tombaugh, 7 May 1984".

    The sheet features some archive folds but is otherwise in excellent condition.

    The autograph and inscription from Clyde Tombaugh feature clearly across the top of the page.

  • David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
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    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

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    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    For Sale: £495.00

    David Randolf Scott (1932-) was commander of the Apollo 15 mission, seventh person to walk on the Moon and first person to drive on the Moon. He also holds the title of the last American to fly solo in earth orbit.

    Scott was a key player in the "Stamp Incident". He embarrassed NASA by taking 398 commemorative first day covers to the Moon, with the intention of selling them upon his return. 100 were sold to a German stamp dealer. It was intended that the stamps would provide trust funds for the Apollo 15 crew's children.

    By trying to profit from the Apollo 15 mission, the crew had breached NASA's rules. An example of was made of Scott and his crew, and none of them flew in space again. The embarrassment did not destroy his career, however, and he became Center Director of NASA's Flight Research Centre, 1975-1977.

    This 11" x 7½" printed page features Scott's sweeping diagonal signature on the bottom left corner. The sheet is printed with the details of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963, which was an important step in global diplomatic efforts to end the armaments race between nations.

    The treaty prohibited nuclear detonation tests in the atmosphere and underwater in an attempt to preserve the environment, though did allow for testing in underground facilities so long as debris stayed within the boundaries of the nation that was conducting the tests.

    The document is in very good condition, with only one tear to a corner, which does not interfere with the autograph or text.

  • Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance
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    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

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    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

    For Sale: £8,950

    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) was an American astronaut famed for being the first man to walk on the Moon.

    This is a C.R. Gibson company Autograph book measuring 6 inches x 4½ inches.

    The book contains various autographs including those of George Foster (baseball), Charley Pride (musician), Foster Brooks (comedian), Gerald Ford (President), Glen Campbell (musician), Pat Boone (musician), Bob Griese (football), Bob Hope (comedian).

    All the signatures were obtained at the annual 'Bogie Busters' golf tournament, which was held to raise funds for charity.

    In addition there is a Jim Irwin signature with handwritten annotation "To Ed, His love from the Moon, Jim Irwin, Apollo 15 (plus moon drawing), 21 Nov 1980".

    The Neil Armstrong autograph is clearly signed and occupies a single page within the autograph book. It is accompanied by an original colour photograph of a smiling Neil Armstrong at the golf event, alongside the recipient of the autograph.

    A very rare signature, uniquely documented by the accompanying photograph. Sold with a letter of provenance from the recipient of the autograph.




  • Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu
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    Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu

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    Neil Armstrong autographed menu

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    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). A large dinner menu measuring approximately 8" x 12" for 'Larkins Restaurant' Tralee, Ireland neatly signed by Neil Armstrong in black pen.

    Armstrong and his wife Carol were guests of honour at the dinner during their visit to Ireland on 19th April 1997, during which they opened an exhibition on Space Exploration at the Kerry Museum in Tralee. The dinner was hosted by Dick Spring, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Ireland at the time. The menu is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ann Golden, the wife of Seamus Chamberlain the Irish representative to the European Space Agency at the time.

    The menu is in fine condition and features a fine example of Armstrong's signature during a period when he was famed for his refusal to sign autographs.

  • Neil Armstrong signed letter
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    Neil Armstrong signed letter

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    Neil Armstrong autographed letter

    For sale: £3,500

    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012 ) became the first man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. A aerospace engineer, test pilot and university professor, he was dedicated to space exploration throughout his life.

    Autographed letter from Neil Armstrong sent to a child by air mail. Complete with Air Mail envelope, on embossed University of Cincinnati paper.

    Reads: ‘Best wishes to David Sparks, Neil Armstrong’ in blue ink.

    The envelope is date stamped Feb 28 ’75. In fine condition.

     

  • RAF flight logbook signed by Guy Gibson and other Dambusters pilots
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    • Rare RAF flight logbook of Sgt John Murray, a member of celebrated RAF 617 Squadron known as 'The Dambusters'
    • Signed by four key Dambusters pilots, including Wing Commander Guy Gibson
    • A wonderful testament to the bravery of Allied airmen, and the ingenuity of British invention

    The Dambusters raid in May 1943 remains one of the most celebrated and audacious operations in British military history.

    The mission, known as Operation Chastise, was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, who carefully selected aircrew from Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the USA to form the elite 617 Squadron.

    Using the remarkable 'bouncing bombs' invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis, 617 Squadron carried out a daring, low-flying attack on three heavily-protected dams in Germany's Ruhr valley, severely disrupting German war production.

    Background

    Sgt John Murray initially trained as a rear gunner in the RAF as part of No. 57 Squadron. His crew, led by Sergeant Bill Divall, was posted to 617 Squadron in April 1943, to replace another crew Gibson had found 'unsatisfactory'.

    Murray began his training for Operation Chastise on April 14, and for the next four weeks flew daily practice flights. These included long cross-country flights with precise turning points to develop navigation skills, and night flights low over water to simulate the conditions of the dam raids.

    Divall's crew flew their final practice run on May 5, but were unable to continue due to illness and took no further part in the mission.

    Sgt Murray was briefly transferred to the crew of Flight Sergeant Ken Brown, and continued training until two days before the mission. However, for reasons unknown Murray was not part of Brown's crew when it took off on May 17, as part of the third wave of attacks against the Sorpe Dam.  

    Description

    This RAF flight logbook is a remarkable artefact from one of the most incredible military operations in British history.

    The logbook covers the period of December 1942 until March 1944, during which time Sgt Murray was posted to the legendary 617 Squadron.

    It lists numerous top-secret training flights completed in preparation for Operation Chastise, using specially-modified Lancaster bombers. These flights include low-level practice bombing runs over RAF Wainfleet, cross-country night flights and low-level flights over water.

    These logged training flights culminate on May 14 with a full dress rehearsal designed to simulate the routes, targets and the geography of the raid.

    The logbook contains the clear signatures of four key members of 617 Squadron, each of who flew during the first wave of the raid:

    Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson, VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (August 12, 1918 – September 19, 1944)

    Wing Commander Guy Gibson was the first Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, and was largely responsible for assembling and training the elite squadron in preparation for Operation Chastise.

    Gibson was also the pilot of Lancaster ED932/G ('G-George'), the first plane to lead the attack on the Möhne Dam. This first bomb exploded short of its target, but Gibson then flew two further runs to draw flak from other planes in the formation, allowing for two direct hits and the breach of the dam.

    Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts, and in June 1943 became the most highly decorated serviceman in the country. Having completed more than 170 operations by the age of 26, Gibson was killed in September 1944 when his plane crashed near Steenbergen in Holland, during a raid on Rheydt and Moenchengladbach.

    Sqn Ldr Henry Melvin Young, DFC & Bar. (May 20, 1915 – May 17, 1943)

    Squadron Leader Henry Melvin 'Dinghy' Young was one of the main organising forces behind 617 Squadron, and served as second-in-command during Operation Chastise, behind Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

    Young was the pilot of Lancaster ED877/G AJ-A ('A-Apple'), the fourth plane to attack the Möhne Dam and the first to score a direct hit. During the return journey, the plane was shot down by anti-aircraft fire over the Dutch coast and all seven crewmen were killed.

    Fl/Lt William Astell DFC (April 1, 1920 – May 16, 1943)

    Flight Lieutenant William Astell was the pilot of Lancaster ED864/G, ('B-Baker') which flew as part of Formation No. 1. All seven crewmen were killed en-route to the Möhne Dam, when the plane collided with an electricity pylon near Marbeck and crashed into a nearby field.

    Sqn Ldr David John Hatfeild Maltby DSO DFC (May 10, 1920 – September 15, 1943)

    Squadron Leader D.J.H Maltby was the pilot of Lancaster ED906/G ('J-Johnny'), the fifth plane to attack the Möhne Dam and the second to score a direct hit, causing a large breach. Having returned safely from the mission, Maltby was killed a few months later during Operation Garlic, when his plane crashed into the North Sea following the cancellation of the mission.

    Also included are several period photographs of Sgt Murray, taken during his service with the RAF, and a letter from the 617 Squadron Association detailing Murray's training flights and RAF career.