Top 5: History, Space and Technology

Specialist picks from the History, Space and Technology auction

February 5, 2024

An incredible selection of items representing space, American, and global history:

Lot 17

A color lithograph depicting the first rendezvous in space (between Gemini VI and Gemini VII), taking place on December 15, 1965, inscribed "First rendezvous in space / Frank Borman / Gemini VII / Dec 15, 1965" by Command Pilot Frank Borman and signed by him in silver marker.
Accompanied by Letters of Authenticity from Novaspace.com and Zarelli Space Authentication.

31.5 x 23.5 inches

Lot 148

A Space Shuttle flown steel lid which covered one of the four separation motors embedded in the nose cone of the solid rocket boosters. When the Shuttle reached an altitude of approximately 27 miles and was traveling nearly 3,000 miles per hour the lids would pop open and allow a rocket motor to fire, thus safely pushing the boosters away from the Orbiter. Includes a red parts removal tag.
A stamped tag attached to the part reads: 10317-0003-1000328 801 27L1666 0520 BA69DI 30.

This item originally comes from the collection of Charles Henry Bell, an IBM telemetry engineer who began working on the instrument unit of the Saturn rocket in the fall of 1965, and who in March of 1967 (following the tragic Apollo 1 fire which killed astronauts, Grissom, Chaffee, and White) was recommended for a Manned Flight Awareness Award for his efforts to fix a calculation error problem with AS-204.

19 x 9 x 2.5 inches

Lot 190

A framed property deed on vellum (dated April 24, 1786) signed by Virginia Governor, Patrick Henry, the colonial era politician famous for stating, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"

The deed pertains to the transfer of land ownership from John Trabue to his heir, James Trabue.

Framed: 17.75 x 21.5 inches; Sheet: 13 x 14.25 inches

Lot 195

A group of relics collected from the sight where the Battle of the Little Bighorn took place, also known as "Custer's Last Stand," where the forces of the U.S. 7th Cavalry were decimated by members of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes.

Surrounded by a row of decorative arrowheads and housed in a display box.

15 x 12 x 1 inches

Lot 200

An original British Army "Brodie" military helmet used during World War I by James Gregory, a member of the Royal Garrison Artillery with the rank of Gunner.
James Gregory was born on August 18th, 1891. The interior of the helmet contains its original lining, which features the writing, "James Gregory/ 36011000/ COE," with another portion reading, "James." The interior brim of the helmet is stamped "9A."
13 x 5 inches

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