Lot 9283: Crystal-clear sought-after official color glossy 8 x 10 'red-numbered' NASA photo of Armstrong in a suit and tie, signed and inscribed in black felt tip to mission support member Jack Swigert, "To Jack—With thanks for all your contributions as a member of the Apollo 11 team." Reverse bears purple NASA caption text and "A Kodak Paper" watermarks. In fine condition, with some slight chipping and paperclip impressions to top left border and a pair of trivial creases to lower portion. Accompanied by a glossy photo of Apollo 11 support personnel Swigert and Bill Pogue discussing a sample during the Sierra Blanca geology trip, and a letter of authenticity from Swigert's sister, Virginia, in part: "I certify that this Neil Armstrong 8? x 10? Signed Photo—Inscribed to Jack Swigert was personally owned by Jack Swigert." Less than a year later, Swigert would earn the opportunity to fly as the command module pilot for the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, replacing original CMP Ken Mattingly. Inscribed by the first moonwalker to one of Apollo 11's four integral mission support members, this is an immensely desirable photo with great associative content concerning NASA's most ambitious undertaking.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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