Lot 9188: Fantastic archive of material from the collection of Hasselblad executive Osten Wejerfelt, whose company manufactured the cameras used by NASA beginning in 1962. The collection is comprised of well over 200 items and consists of a sample of lunar material from Dave Scott's moon-used Hasselblad, eleven signed official glossy NASA photos, a signed book, and approximately 170 original 'red-numbered' photos, three oversized mounted photos, and eight Zeiss packets containing slides.
The sample of lunar material was removed from the camera used by Dave Scott on the Apollo 15 mission by a Hasselblad technician inspecting it upon return because Scott had fallen down. According to the Apollo Flight Journal, Commander Scott fell down twice during their lunar excursions. The material is compressed between two 3 x 1 glass slides and loosely wrapped in a piece of paper notated in Swedish on both sides (translated): "The camera on technical evaluation at VHAB [Victor Hasselblad AB] because astronaut Scott fell with the camera on the moon" and "Lunar dust from Scott's camera which he fell with during walk on the surface of the moon. Technical examination of camera at VHAB."
Autographed items include eleven official color glossy NASA photos, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, all with "A Kodak Paper" watermarks on the reverse, including: two different uninscribed photos of Aldrin on the lunar surface; another signed by Aldrin and ambassador to Sweden, Jerome Holland, and three others; and eight inscribed to Wejerfelt by Alan Bean, Tom Stafford, Charles Conrad, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, James Lovell, John Young, and Rusty Schweickart. Another highlight is an official hardcover NASA publication entitled Earth Photographs from Gemini III, IV, and V, signed and inscribed inside by John Young, Jim McDivitt, Gordon Cooper, and Charles Conrad, with Young adding, "Thanks for a great camera," and McDivitt adding, "I enjoyed using your camera—it really takes great pictures!" Additional signed items are a Hasselblad booklet signed twice by Wally Schirra; a program signed by Schirra; a booklet signed by Jerry Carr; an oversized photo signed by Carr; an oversized Apollo 7 photographic display signed by Cunningham and bearing autopen signatures of Schirra and Eisele; and a crew-signed Skylab 4 Beta cloth.
Also included are approximately 170 unsigned photos, primarily consisting of original 'red-numbered' NASA photographs from the Mercury program, Gemini 4, Gemini 9A, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, Apollo 16, and ASTP. Many of these are unregistered on the NASA website and perhaps essentially never-before-seen. Also present are three striking mounted oversized photos ranging in size from 23 x 19 to 20 x 16, with two showing the Earth from space and the largest showing Ed White's first spacewalk.
Other items include eight booklets of Zeiss slides featuring images from the Gemini and Apollo missions, an Apollo 16 Final Lunar Surface Procedures manual, Apollo 17 planning manual, and a few other publications and handbooks. All together, this wonderful collection provides a comprehensive view of the famous Hasselblad photography from NASA's space programs and includes many one-of-a-kind items and photographs. A superior offering of significant material.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
Write a response...