Sought-after lunar surface PPK from the last man on the moon
Gene Cernan’s flown PPK beta cloth bag carried to the moon on Apollo 17, 5.75 x 8.75, signed and flight-certified in black felt tip, “Flown to Lunar Surface, Gene Cernan,” and also signed earlier in slightly faded blue ink, “A-17 to Lunar Surface, EAC.” A patch on the front bears text reading: “Bag, APK, SEC 12100087-301, S/N 1007, Astronaut Kit.” Includes the original test preparation sheet with instructions for removal of the kit upon the Command Module’s return to earth, dated December 21, 1972, listing the matching part number, signed at the conclusion in ballpoint, “Received, Thomas P. Stafford” and “Eugene A. Cernan.” In fine condition, with scattered marks and soiling from use, and the back slit open by Cernan. Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Cernan, stating that the PPK was “flown with me to the moon aboard the Apollo 17 mission December 7–19, 1972,” along with a copy of the Apollo 17 stowage list including the corresponding part number, and a packet of information stating that Cernan carried about a dozen items in the kit and believed he had slit the back open to preserve the red wax seal securing the bag at the top. Among the items he carried in this kit were flags and currency he had also carried on Gemini 9 and Apollo 10, an Apollo 17 patch, photographs of his wife and daughter, his mother’s rosary, his wedding ring, and three Apollo 17 gold medallions. PPKs are rarely offered with their original deaccession paperwork—with this sheet in particular signed by a pair of Apollo astronauts—and as an item carried by the last moonwalker, this is an exceptional and historic piece. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli.