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Item 243 - Apollo 14 Flown Cover Catalog 451 (Apr 2015)

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Sold Price: $45,353.18 (includes buyer's premium)

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Very scarce Apollo 14 postal cover carried to the moon’s surface aboard the Lunar Module Antares, 6.5 x 3.5, numbered 20/55, signed to the right of the cachet in black felt tip by Edgar Mitchell. It also bears a red ink stamp, “Delayed in Quarantine at Lunar Receiving Laboratory, M. S. C. Houston, Texas,” (Apollo 14 flown covers are the only mission besides Apollo 11 to bear this ominous stamp) and postal cancellation of February 26, 1971. The cover is also signed on the right side by the stamp dealers who initially acquired these flown covers from Mitchell. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from noted Italian philatelist Enzo Diena and a four-page, quadruple-signed certificate of authenticity from fellow Italian philatelist Alberto Bolaffi. Apollo 14 was the last mission where all astronauts and items carried into space were quarantined and examined for contamination for two weeks before being released, after which Mitchell had these covers postmarked. An extremely desirable, sought-after example and only the fifth of these rare covers to be offered publicly. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.

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