Lot 9071: DS, signed "M. Scott Carpenter," "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.," "Virgil I. Grissom," "Walter M. Schirra, Jr.," "Alan B. Shepard, Jr.," and "D. K. Slayton," four pages, 8.5 x 13, October 8, 1965. Agreement between six of the Mercury Seven astronauts (John Glenn having received his own contract) in which they elect to have Harry A. Batten represent them as their agent. In part: "Whereas the above named…Astronauts have been selected to train for participation in Projects Gemini, Apollo and other Space Flight Projects of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (hereinafter referred to as NASA), and…[the] Astronauts and their families have valuable rights to stories of their personal experiences in connection with these Projects, including their personal stories of their space flights…[the] Astronauts have selected and hereby appoint Harry A. Batten to represent them in the sale of the rights they may have arising out of the projects." Also signed by Batten and the wives of the six astronauts. In fine condition, with expected document wear. Even two years after the end of the Mercury program, public interest continued to be very high for these new heroes, each of whom would go on to write at least one book about his own experiences.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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