September 7, 2007
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Regency-Superior will conduct a two-day Public Auction at their gallery in Beverly Hills, California on October 11th & 12th. This sale will have nearly 1,000 Space Memorabilia lots ranging from early aviation to unmanned space flights through the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, ASTP and Shuttle programs of the United States, as well as items from the Vostok, Voskhod and Soyuz programs of the Soviet Union and Russia. Other strong areas include early Rocket, Balloon and Zeppelin material along with the current items related to the International Space Station and “SpaceShipOne”.
The auction begins at 10am (Pacific Time) on both days with a live bidding floor and simulcast bidding on eBay Live Auctions (www.ebayliveauctions.com). Viewing of the lots is available beginning Wednesday, October 10th at Regency-Superior’s gallery at 9478 W. Olympic Blvd, 2nd Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Those who would like detailed lot information my contact the gallery at (310) 553-5475.
The entire auction is available online for viewing and bidding at www.RegencySuperior.com, and includes full lot descriptions, estimates, color photographs and opening bids. A full color catalog is available to all bidders by calling toll-free 1-800-782-0066.
The sale begins with a special section comprising over 60 lots from the estate of astronaut Theodore ‘Ted’ Freeman who tragically perished in 1964, before he had a chance to utilize his extensive education and training as a pilot and aeronautical engineer.
Some of the highlights of the sale are as follows:
(Lot 24) A presentation album presented to Faith Freeman by the entire Astronaut Corps given to her after the memorial service for her husband, Theodore Freeman. This was the last time the entire group would be together in one place at the same time. The 25-page photo album is highlighted by two pages of autographs signed by dozens of astronauts including Grissom, White, Chaffee, See, Williams, Bassett, Aldrin, Armstrong, Collins, Gordon, Borman, Schirra, Glenn, Shepard, and many more.
The Rocket section is loaded with dozens of individual and group cover lots from many countries during the 1930s through 1950s. A highlight from this section is
(Lot 172) a1948 launch cover for the V2 Rocket that carried ‘Albert’ the primate astronaut to a height of 39 miles on June 11, 1948. Remarks on the cover include ‘Partly successful (monkey died of suffocation)’.
(Lot 363) a cover flown to the Moon on Apollo 11 from the Michael Collins collection signed by the crew with ‘Delayed in Quarantine’ black handstamp, and cancelled Webster, TX Aug 11, 1969 cds. The cover is notated in Collins’ hand ‘Carried to the Moon aboard Apollo 11’.
There is (Lot 480) a Personal Preference Kit carried to the moon surface by Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin aboard the Apollo 15 mission.
The Skylab program is highlighted by
(Lot 528) the King James Bible that was part of Skylab’s on-board Library for many months and traveled millions of miles (consignor, Astronaut Bill Pogue will be donating the proceeds of the Bible to charity).
There is (Lot 625) a magnificent cover signed by the complete crew of STS-51L with the KSC hand cancel dated Jan 28, 1986, Launch Day.
(Lot 624) a lot containing the famous signed and inscribed photo by Christa McAuliffe which states: “May your future be limited only by your dreams”.
(Lot 663) STS-107 is represented by a photo and a litho each signed by the entire crew.
Our “Model” section includes
(Lot 952) a rare nuclear rocket engine ‘NERVA’ model from Aerojet, plus a LEM prototype model made at JSC and on display there for many years.