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Item 3024 - Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Flown American Flag Catalog 536 (Sep 2018)

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Estimate: $10,000.00 +
Sold Price: $21,250.00 (includes buyer's premium)


Extremely desirable flown mid-sized American flag carried to the lunar surface on Apollo 11 mission, 12 x 7.5, accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance from former NASA Production Control Engineer William R. Whipkey, in full: "This American flag (12″ x 7 1/2″) was flown on Apollo 11 to the lunar surface aboard Lunar Module #5, 'Eagle.' This flag was given to me by the crew upon their return, and has been in my possession ever since." In fine condition, with folds, a light stain to the bottom, and a few small areas of fabric loss to the top. Among his other duties, Whipkey was responsible for purchasing the items that were carried on the Apollo missions, including flags foreign and domestic. A skilled woodworker, Whipkey also created many displays and presentation pieces for the astronauts using flown materials, and often received flown items in return as tokens of their appreciation. A highly sought-after flown American flag carried to the moon during man's first voyage to the lunar surface.

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