Lot 460: Supremely desirable flown American flag, 11.5 x 7.75, signed and flight-certified in blue ballpoint by Commander Dave Scott, "Flown in Lunar Orbit for 6 Days aboard Apollo 15, Dave Scott, CDR," and signed again with his first initial to the right, "A-15. CSM. Aug '71, D." In fine condition, with a central vertical fold passing between the first and last names of the signature, and a crease to the top edge. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Scott, in part: "I hereby certify that the medium United States flag included with this letter…is from my personal collection and was flown in lunar orbit for six days aboard the CSM Endeavor during Apollo 15, July 26–August 7, 1971…After orbiting the Moon for a day in preparation for the landing, Jim Irwin and I landed the lunar module 'Falcon' on the Moon between Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains…During the three days we were on the Moon, Al Worden flew the 'Endeavor' solo in lunar orbit…The 'Falcon' remained on the lunar surface for 66 hours and 54 minutes, after which we launched and completed a direct rendezvous…and docking with the Command and Service Module (CSM) 'Endeavor' in lunar orbit, after which we spent two more days in lunar orbit conducting scientific experiments and photography…This medium Apollo 15 US Flag…has been in my personal collection since returning to Earth." A sought-after and atypically large example of a flown American flag.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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