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World War II-dated ALS signed “Virgil,” one page both sides, 7.25 x 10.25, September 7, 1944. Addressed from Sheppard Field in Texas, a handwritten letter to his parents, Dennis and Cecile Grissom, in full: "I'm sorry that I never got to write last night. But it seems like I don't even have time to turn around until it time to go to bed. It doesn't seem like I get enough s…

Sold For: $1,411 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Excellent glossy 9.5 x 7.25 photo of the seven original Mercury astronauts during U.S. Air Force survival training exercises at Nevada's Stead Air Force Base in 1960, signed in black felt tip by Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard, in black ink by Scott Carpenter and Deke Slayton, and in purple ink by Wally Schirra. Triple-matted and framed with a plaque to an overall size of 16.5 x 1…

Sold For: $1,840 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color 8.5 x 11 lithograph of a Project Mercury launch, signed in black felt tip by John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, and Gordon Cooper. In fine condition.

Sold For: $368 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Spectacular charm bracelet from the collection of Jo Schirra, the wife of famed NASA astronaut Wally Schirra, which features an assemblage of nine charms flown on all six manned Mercury missions, the Gemini 6 mission, and the Apollo 7 mission. The gold-tone bracelet, which measures 5.5″ in length, contains the following flown items: A small section of the heat shield from the Freedom 7 sp…

Sold For: $55,000 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Official flight manual issued for America's first manned space mission, identical to the one used by Alan Shepard: NASA Project Mercury Capsule Flight Operations Manual, Capsule 7 (SEDR 109-7). St. Louis, MO: McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, 15 August 1960. Dark blue leatherette 3-ring binder, 7.5 x 6.5, 126 pages. The binder's cover depicts a rocket boosting the Mercury capsule and escape…

Sold For: $2,375 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Vivid color semi-glossy 8 x 10 photo of the fiery liftoff of the Mercury-Atlas 6, signed in black felt tip, "'Godspeed John Glenn,' Scott Carpenter, Friendship 7 Backup, 20 Feb., 1962." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of the Mercury-Atlas 7 liftoff from Cape Canaveral, signed in blue felt tip, "Scott Carpenter, Aurora 7." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Scott Carpenter relaxing in his silver space suit prior to his Mercury mission, signed in thin blue felt tip. In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of Mercury artist Cece Bibby talking to Scott Carpenter as she paints his Aurora 7 spacecraft, signed in blue felt tip, "Scott Carpenter" and "'Giving Scott an art lesson! 5/62, Cece Bibby, artist." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $875 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Attractive color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy hosting six of the Mercury Seven astronauts and their wives in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House on May 21, 1963, signed in the lower border in black felt tip, "Scott Carpenter, Aurora 7" and "Wally Schirra," who adds the Sigma 7 logo. In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of the fiery Mercury-Atlas 9 liftoff, signed in black felt tip, "Faith 7 launch for 22 orbit flight, 15-16 May 1963, Gordon Cooper, Pilot." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Cooper in his Mercury space suit, signed in black felt tip, "Gordon Cooper, Faith 7, May 1963." In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Official 'Type 1' glossy 10 x 8 black-numbered NASA photo (S-61-4396), showing Enos the chimpanzee being fitted into his pressure couch prior to his orbital flight from Cape Canaveral. On November 29, 1961, Enos would orbit the Earth on board Mercury-Atlas 5, becoming the third hominid—after cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov—to achieve Earth orbit. Reverse bears purple…

Sold For: $334 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Limited edition acrylic display containing a small piece of the heat shield from John Glenn’s Mercury-Atlas 6 spacecraft, attested to as being flown by Florian Noller, and a small unflown segment of the umbilical cord that connected the MA-6 rocket to the gantry. The acrylic block measures 5″ x 3″ x 1″. In fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from F…

Sold For: $334 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Two color satin-finish 7.5 x 9.5 photos: one of John Glenn in his silver Project Mercury suit, signed in blue felt tip, "John Glenn"; and one of the Mercury-Atlas 6 liftoff, signed in blue felt tip, "Friendship 7 Launch, 2/20/62, 'God Speed John Glenn,' Scott Carpenter—Backup." In fine condition.

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color semi-glossy 8 x 10 photo of John Glenn posing in his Mercury space suit, signed in black felt tip. In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 8 x 10 photo of Glenn in his silver Project Mercury suit, signed in the lower border in blue felt tip. Double-matted with an embroidered Friendship 7 patch to an overall size of 11.5 x 17.75. In fine to very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Two official 'Type 1' glossy 8 x 10 black-numbered NASA photos (S-61-1878 and S-62-223), one showing John Glenn in his Mercury suit after an altitude simulation test, and the other showing him with the 'Friendship 7' spacecraft that would take him on America's first orbital spaceflight. Both bear caption text on the reverse. In fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Grissom in formal attire posing with a model of a Titan rocket, signed and inscribed in black felt tip, "Regards to Larry Richardson, Gus Grissom.” In very fine condition. Larry Richardson, the recipient of the photo, was a former Northrup engineer and parachute rigger.

Sold For: $984 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color satin-finish 10 x 8 photo of the Liberty Bell 7 capsule at the bottom of the ocean, signed in black felt tip, "Off to space 7/21/61, Guenter F. Wendt Padleader," "Claimed by the deep, Jim Lewis, Pilot, Hunt Club 1," and "Found!! 5/1/99, Curt Newport." In fine condition, with a slightly grainy quality to the image. An impressive union of scarce Mercury era signatures—Wendt was the las…

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Three official glossy 'Type 1' photos from the Mercury and Gemini programs, including a black-numbered photo of the original Mercury 7 astronauts in their silver suits (B-60-1567), a color photo of Astronaut Groups 1 and 2 together (S-63-1419), and a color red-numbered photo of the mouth of the Yangtze River in China taken onboard the orbiting Gemini 5 spacecraft (S-65-45768). All bear pu…

Sold For: $875 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Signed book: This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1966. Softcover, 6.75 x 9.75, 681 pages. Signed on the half-title page in felt tip by three of the original Mercury astronauts, “Gordon Cooper, MA 9 — Faith 7,” “Scott Carpenter, Aurora 7," and “Wally Schirra,” adding the Sigma 7 symbol. In very good to fin…

Sold For: $446 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Color glossy 10 x 8 photo of the original Mercury astronauts posing in front of a Convair F106-B aircraft at Langley Air Force Base on January 20, 1961, signed in black felt tip by Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, and Wally Schirra. In very fine condition.

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details

Four signed photos: an official color 8 x 10 NASA lithograph of Scott Carpenter in a formal pose, signed in black felt tip; a satin-finish 8 x 10 photo Gordon Cooper shortly before the launch of the Faith 7, signed in blue felt tip, with Gordon adding, "Leaving Hangar S for Pad 14‚ĶFaith 7 5/15/63"; an official color 10 x 8 NASA lithograph of Wally Schirra posing in his space suit near a capsule m…

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #607 - April 22, 2021 View Details