Lot 5089: Charlie Duke’s Apollo 16 Flown Flag

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:08:49


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Lot 5089: Remarkable flown American flag carried to the surface of the moon on the Apollo 16 mission, 5.5 x 3.75, signed and flight-certified in black ink, "This flag flown to the lunar surface aboard Apollo 16 'Orion,' Charlie Duke Apollo XVI." In fine condition, with some spreading to the ink due to the nature of the fabric. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Duke, in part: "The USA flag…was carried among my personal possessions to the Moon on the Apollo 16 flight from April 16 to 27, 1972. This USA flag was in my personal preference kit…on board the Lunar Module Orion and was carried to the surface of the Moon on April 20, 1972. Since returning the flag from the Moon, it has been in my possession or in my son's care." Additionally accompanied by a photo of Leon Ford with Charlie Duke, likely taken at the time of signing. Directly certified by Apollo 16's own lunar module pilot, this vividly patriotic lunar surface–flown American flag spent nearly three days on the undulating landscape of the moon's Descartes Highlands. RR Auction's The Nasa Collection of Leon Ford Auction 455 Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $10000 - 12000
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