Lot 535: Jack Swigert's mustard-color Apollo 13 NASA training suit bearing an Apollo 13 mission patch on the right sleeve, official NASA 'meatball' logo patch on the right breast, and Velcro area for his identification tag on the left breast. The original tag is sewn into the collar area, reading: "Coveralls, Flying, Mens, Durette Gold, Type CWU/P, NAS 9-13717 MIL-C83141, Size 40R, Anti-Cold Insulated Clothing, Inc." Includes a color 13.25 x 10.25 photo of Earth affixed to its original 18.5 x 15.5 mount, signed and inscribed on the mount in black felt tip, "To Jimmy, my good and kind friend who has helped me see the beautiful things. Sincerest wishes, Jack Swigert," adding below the image, "Apollo 13, April 11–17, 1970." Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 26.5 x 23.5. In fine condition, with light toning to edges of the photo. Suit is in fine condition, with expected wear from use and the hand-notated size on the tag very light but legible. Accompanied by a letter of provenance in which the consignor notes that her father Dr. Charles James, affectionately known as 'Jimmy James,' was one of Swigert's close friends and received this training suit along with the warmly inscribed photo as a gift from the astronaut.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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