Lot 9194: Exceptional color 23.5 x 30 print by R. L. Rasmussen entitled 'Navy to the Moon,' showing a rocket shooting into space and two astronauts on the lunar surface, signed in the lower border in black felt tip by Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, Alan Shepard, Gene Cernan, Edgar Mitchell, and Alan Bean. Rolled and in fine condition, with slight scattered creasing. Consignor notes that the Bean and Mitchell signatures were obtained at the Kennedy Space Center in 2007, and the Lovell, Cernan, and Shepard signatures were obtained at a special 'Navy to the Moon Symposium' at the USN Aviation Museum in May of 1993. The Armstrong signature was also acquired at the museum, but not at the scheduled symposium. Upon seeing Armstrong alone and walking through the museum after a late luncheon, the consignor approached a cordial yet hesitant Armstrong who, after scanning the area for more autograph seekers, hastily signed the poster behind a vintage aircraft display. Accompanied by images taken at the time of each signing, with the exception of the Armstrong (his autograph having been obtained inconspicuously at the event). Given the first moonwalker's reluctance and eventual refusal to sign autographs later in his life, this is a remarkably uncommon, multiple-signed poster that bears signatures of six legendary Apollo astronauts.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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