Lot 345: Uncommon 2 x 1 swatch of insulation from the interior wall of Byrd's Advance Meteorological Base, signed in black ink, "R. E. Byrd." Swatch is affixed to an 8.5 x 11 presentation sheet, bearing a printed message and signature of Byrd, dated May 10, 1936. Message reads, in part: "I want to express to you my deep and enduring appreciation of the assistance you rendered our second Antarctic Expedition...attached to this sheet is an autographed piece of insulation from the wall of the Advance Meteorological Base, the southernmost habitation ever occupied by man." Signature noticeably faded, but still legible, otherwise fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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