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Item 8288 - Michael Collins's Apollo 11 Flown Tie Clip and Cufflinks Catalog 559 (Jun 2019)

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Michael Collins's flown pair of gold-tone cuff links and matching tie clip carried into lunar orbit aboard the CSM Columbia during the Apollo 11 mission. The cuff links, both .5 x .5 x .75, and tie clip, 1.5 x .5 x .5, each feature a small image of an astronaut on the lunar surface with earth visible in the dark background; the reverse of each bears a General Electric maker's mark. Included is a signed handwritten provenance note from Collins, which reads: "These Apollo cuff links and tie clip were carried to the moon aboard Apollo XI. Michael Collins, January 8, 2004." Also included is an original mailing envelope, annotated in Collins's own hand: "Carried aboard Apollo 11—and not committed." In overall fine condition. Approximately 6,000 General Electric employees played a role in the overall success of the historic Apollo 11 mission. The Herculean task of transporting man to and from the moon called for a total of 37 different GE operations, including teams responsible for radio command guidance equipment, systems engineering support, Saturn launch vehicle test facilities, and the ship-to satellite system that provided the first live color TV pictures of splashdown and recovery. Most notably GE was responsible for creating the silicone rubber found on the lunar boot of history's first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong. A marvelous set of lunar flown accessories from the personal collection of the legendary Apollo 11 CMP.

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