Apollo and Gemini memorabilia leads Heritage space memorabilia sale



2015-10-26 16:36:46

Rare memorabilia from the Apollo and Gemini missions will lead the way at the upcoming Heritage Auctions Space Exploration sale in Dallas.

Amongst the top lots is an Apollo 17 flown Silver Robbins medallion, offered from the personal collection Mission Commander Gene Cernan. Just 80 of the medallions were flown aboard Apollo 17, and this rare example is expected to sell for $30,000+.

"This is the rarest of all Apollo silver Robbins and the perfect lot to lead this auction," said Michael Riley, Senior Historian and Cataloger at Heritage Auctions. "Being from the flight commander's collection makes it even more desirable."

Further notable lots include a pair of Apollo 9 Flown Scissors from the personal collection of mission lunar module pilot Rusty Schweickart, estimated at $20,000+; an Apollo 14 lunar module flown complete Lunar Bible, presented by Mission Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell to comedian Bob Hope, estimated at $20,000+; and an Apollo 11 crew-signed 'Type One' insurance cover from the collection of Michael Collins, valued at $10,000+.

One of the most interesting, and perhaps most influential items up for sale is a flown chip from the Gemini 3 computer. The (RANAM) Random Access Non-Destructive Readout 4096 Bit Memory Plane measures 4.25", and was part of the first digital computer ever to orbit the earth.

"It's amazing to think that this chip, which is so big, contains significantly less computing power than the phone that most of us carry in our pockets," said Riley.

"Yet that same technology could never have existed without the groundbreaking work performed aboard the first two-man space flight by this little chip. This is a true treasure of both Space Exploration, tech and Pop Culture."

The Heritage Auctions Space Exploration Signature Auction takes place on Friday November 6.

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