Lot 8060: MA-6 and 7: Cece Bibby Original Concept Artwork
20th April 2017
Vivid original painting of the Friendship 7, Aurora 7, and Sigma 7 mission emblems, accomplished in acrylic on a 14 x 11 artist’s canvas panel, signed in the lower right in silver ink by the artist, Cece Bibby. In fine condition. In 1959, Bibby was hired by Chrysler Aerospace and soon began work as a contract artist for NASA, her workspace located just across the street from the astronaut office. Not a fan of the stencil designs on the Freedom 7 and Liberty Bell 7, John Glenn recruited Bibby in 1962 to design and paint by hand the emblem for his Friendship 7 spacecraft. In addition to Glenn, Bibby went on to create the designs for Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 and Wally Schirra's Sigma 7 capsules, subsequently becoming the first and only woman to ascend the Mercury launch gantry and go inside the ‘white room’ that surrounded the vehicle. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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