Lot #3413
Dave Scott's Apollo 15 Flown Flag and License Plate Display

Dave Scott's flown flag and license plate, which spent three days on the lunar surface—presented as a rare limited edition
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Estimate: $25000+

Description

Dave Scott's flown flag and license plate, which spent three days on the lunar surface—presented as a rare limited edition

Extraordinary limited edition flown flag and lunar rover license plate display, numbered 8/10 (this is number 8 of only 10 in existence), featuring a small 2.75 x 1.5 Beta cloth American flag and miniature 1.3 x .8 LRV license plate, both carried on the lunar surface for three days by Commander Dave Scott during Apollo 15. Displayed with a satin-finish 5.75 x 4 photo of Scott on the LRV, signed in silver ink, "Dave Scott, Apollo 15 CDR." The three are archivally matted and framed together with descriptive plaques to an overall size of 13.75 x 16.75. In fine condition.

Accompanied by a signed letter of provenance signed by Scott, also numbered 8/10, describing in detail the history of each piece. In part: "I hereby certify that the small beta-cloth US flag…was carried inside a beta-cloth package mounted on an internal structural bracket of an Apollo 15 Oxygen Purge System (OPS) for three days of EVA excursions during Apollo 15, the first extended exploration of the Moon, July 26-August 7, 1971. The OPS, including this small beta cloth US flag, was attached to the top of the Portable Life Support System (PLSS) on the lunar surface such that in the event of a PLSS failure, the OPS flow provides 30 minutes of breathing oxygen to the crewman…Several weeks after Apollo 15, this OPS Bracket and Flag Package were shown to me by NASA senior management. According to management, a member of the JSC Crew Systems Division (CSD) had prepared the flags and secretly stowed them…I was given the OPS bracket and package of flags…

The miniature metal Lunar Rover license plate, 'LRV 001'…was carried on Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) No. 1 for three days of surface exploration…In commemoration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), the first vehicle to be driven on another world, I designed and had produced this small LRV-001 license plate for use as a presentation memento after our mission to the Moon. This license plate was carried in a pocket of my Apollo A7L-B EVA Spacesuit as we drove 'LRV-001' 27.76 km across the Hadley Apennine region of the Moon during approximately 19 hours of three lunar surface EVAs…This small OPS flag and this Lunar Rover #1 license plate have been in my personal collection since we returned from the Moon." An absolutely magnificent limited edition display boasting two historic flown artifacts from the personal collection of Dave Scott.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space
  • Dates: #607 - Ended April 22, 2021