Lot 5057: Flown gold-tone tie tack pin carried on the Apollo 12 mission, approximately .75? in diameter, depicting an American flag against a lunar background, pinned to an off-white 6.25 x 4.25 handwritten and signed provenance note by Charles Conrad, in full: "This gold lapel pin is one of 50 flown to the lunar surface during the flight of Apollo XII. Alan Bean and I were allowed to keep 25. This pin was on the lunar surface for over 31 hours on November 19–20, 1969. There is a special engraving on the back of the pin. It is from my personal collection. Charles Conrad, Jr., Commander, Apollo XII." The raised text on the reverse of the pin reads: "Flown to the moon by an intrepid crew, Apollo XII, November 1969, Conrad-Gordon-Bean." In fine condition. A spectacular piece flown on man's second journey to the lunar surface enhanced by its superior handwritten provenance.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $6000 - 8000
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