Lot #7037
Scott Carpenter Signed Photograph

Carpenter to Mercury artist Cece Bibby, "the gal with the talented hands and imaginative mind who put my concept of Aurora 7 into writing"

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Estimate: $200+

Description

Carpenter to Mercury artist Cece Bibby, "the gal with the talented hands and imaginative mind who put my concept of Aurora 7 into writing"

Official color 7.5 x 9.5 NASA lithograph of Carpenter in a formal pose with a Mercury 7 pin on his lapel, signed and inscribed in black ink, "For Cece—the gal with the talented hands and imaginative mind who put my concept of Aurora 7 into writing. Many thanks. Scott Carpenter.” Matted to an overall size of 11 x 14. In fine condition.

The recipient, Cece Bibby, was hired by Chrysler Aerospace in 1959 and soon began work as a contract artist for NASA, her workspace located just across the street from the astronaut office. Not a fan of the stencil designs on the Freedom 7 and Liberty Bell 7, John Glenn recruited Bibby in 1962 to design and paint by hand the emblem for his Friendship 7 spacecraft. In addition to Glenn, Bibby went on to create the designs for Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 and Wally Schirra's Sigma 7 capsules, subsequently becoming the first and only woman to ascend the Mercury launch gantry and go inside the 'white room' that surrounded the vehicle.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Space Exploration
  • Dates: #646 - Ended October 20, 2022





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