Lot 5060: Alan Bean's flown miniature gold Navy wings pin carried aboard Apollo 12 for Skylab 3 commander Jerry Carr, measuring 1? long, hallmarked on the reverse, "HH, 1/2010 MGF," with a dotted light purple ribbon tied to needle. In fine condition. Includes a signed letter of provenance from Bean, in full: "I hereby certify that a pair of miniature Navy wings as pictured above was flown aboard Apollo 12 for Jerry Carr for his wife, JoAnn Carr," to which Bean adds a handwritten note, "Nice to see these wings again. Hope all is well in your life." Accompanied by a second letter of provenance from JoAnn Carr, in full: "My husband, Gerald Carr, commander of Skylab 3 (SL–4) was part of the Ground Support Crew for Apollo 12. As a gesture of gratitude, Alan Bean flew a set of miniature Navy wings aboard that flight to the moon. He presented the wings to me shortly after the flight and they have been in my possession since then." Proudly flown into lunar orbit, this small gold pin signifies the shared connection between the two astronauts, both of whom were naval aviators prior to their NASA selection.
RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455
Thursday, 25th June 2015
Estimate: $1000 - 1500
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