Lot 5038: Flown Beta cloth box intended for tissues and used to carry a tape recorder on the Apollo 9 mission, 8 x 5.5 x 3, signed and flight-certified on the bottom in blue ballpoint by the full crew, "This bag flown aboard Apollo 9, Jim McDivitt," "Dave Scott, Apollo 9 CMP," and "Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 LMP." A patch sewn to the folding cover reads: "Tissue Dispenser Assy., Mfg. By: B. Welson Co., P/N: SEB42100086-202, S/N: 1157, Date of Mfg.: 3/5/68." The "202" has been struck through and changed to "203," and black felt tip notations to the cover read "Tape Recorder" and "Empty." Some mild staining to the back of the cover and expected light wear from use, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from McDivitt, stating that the piece was part of his personal collection.
Initially purchased from Novaspace, the original owner then took the tissue box to Spacefest in 2009, where the entire crew was able to autograph it. While McDivitt was signing, he relayed that, in an effort to avoid Rusty Schweickart's classical music during the mission, he and Dave Scott hid his tapes under all the tissues in the box. Apparently an insightful moment for Schweickart, he was none too happy when he found out. A substantial flown Apollo artifact signed by the full crew and enhanced by their entertaining background story.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $4000 - 6000
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