Lot #8160
Early Rocket Pioneer Signatures from the Original Wernher von Braun Rocket Development Team of the German V-2 and US Saturn Moon Rocket

Astounding collection of almost 100 Operation Paperclip autographs
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Estimate: $1000+


Astounding collection of almost 100 Operation Paperclip autographs

Extremely rare hand-illustrated 1949 Easter card presented to Mildred and Hans, consisting of three off-white 11 x 7.75 sheets with punch holes to left edge, signed on the second and third sheets in ink and fountain pen by nearly 100 pioneering members of the original German-American rocket development team led by Wernher von Braun, including: Wernher von Braun, Magnus von Braun, Angele Wilhelm, Herbert Axster, Erich K. Ball, Oscar Bauschinger, Rudolf Beichel, Herbert Bergeler, Theodor Buchhold, Konrad Dannenberg, Kurt Debus, Friedrich Dhom, Herbert Dobrick, Friedrich Duerr, Hans Fichtner, Alfred J. Finzel, Edward Fischel, Herbert Fuhrmann, Ernst Geissler, Werner Gengelbach, Dieter E. Grau, Hans F. Gruene, Karl Hager, Karl L. Heimburg, Emil A. H. Hellebrand, Otto A. Hoberg, Rudolf Hoelker, Helmut Hoelzer, Oscar Holderer, Helmut Horn, Dieter K. F. Huzel, Walter W. Jacobi, Erich K. Kaschig, Ernst K. Klauss, Johann Klein, Werner Kuers, Hans J. Lindenmayr, Hannes Luehersen, William Mrazek, Hans H. Maus, Hans Milde, J. W. Muehlner, Fritz Mueller, Erich W. Neubert, Max Nowak, Robert Paetz, Hans Paul, Theodor A. Poppel, Eberhard Rees, Gerhard H. Reisig, Werner Rosinski, Arthur Rudolph, Martin Schilling, William A. Schulze, Walter Schwidetzky, Karl Sendler, Werner Sieber, Ernst Steinhoff, Ernst Stuhlinger, Johann G. Tschinkel, Bernhard Tessmann, Adolf K. Thiel, Werner E. Voss, Theodor K. Vowe, Hermann Weidner, Walter Wiesman, Albin E. Wittmann, Albert Zeiler, Helmut Zoike, and more. In fine condition. Accompanied by a modern photo of the Operation Paperclip team at Fort Bliss, Texas. Wernher and Magnus von Braun are seldom seen together in autograph material, and many of the signers here are similarly scarce. A truly unprecedented assemblage of rocketry specialists that laid the foundation for American aeronautics. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space & Aviation
  • Dates: #511 - Ended October 19, 2017

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