17 April 2020
Complete set of Apollo space crew autographs goes to auction
Excalibur Auctions’ next specialist memorabilia sale on 25th April has more than its fair share of rare and collectable items. Alongside original movie, music and travel posters and memorabilia, is a wide selection of autographs from many stars of the stage and screen, famous sportsmen and women and other notable celebrities.
The icing on the cake (or the cheese on the moon if your prefer) has to be the full set of Apollo mission astronaut crew autographs – every manned Apollo mission from Apollo I to Apollo 17.
• The rarest of all – the full set of crew autographs from the Apollo 1 mission– as all three of the crew members were killed before the mission started - Command Pilot Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee were all killed during a test launch
• One of the most sought-after autographs – that of Neil Armstrong which is being auctioned together with the other crew members from Apollo 11.
• A full set of autographs from the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission which landed on this day (17th April) 50 years ago in 1970.
• Apollo 17 was the last moon landing mission of the Apollo programme and remains the most recent time that humans have travelled beyond low Earth orbit.
Other highlights of the sale include rare items of James Bond memorabilia including three James Bond press campaign books; the most valuable of all being the James Bond Goldfinger book, a large private collection of Bond film actor / actresses autographs, an unusual James Bond 007 game by Spears produced in 1966 in conjunction with the Thunderball film and a group of rare Travel posters the star of which is an original 1930s London and North Eastern Railway poster for Whitley Bay.
The auction takes place on Saturday 25th April starting at 10:30am BST and due to the current Government regulations regarding the Covid 19 pandemic will be a live webcast online only auction.
Full condition reports or any other queries about lots in the sale should be sent to [email protected] or 020 3633 0913 prior to the day of the sale.