Exceptional color 16.5 x 13.5 Alton S. Tobey composite print of the Apollo 11 crew in their white spacesuits against a celestial background, signed in blue ballpoint, “Neil Armstrong,” “Buzz Aldrin,” and “Michael Collins.” Paper loss to lower right corner tip, scattered creases and wrinkles, and some mild rippling, otherwise fine condition.
Accompanied by a 2011 letter of provenance from the original recipient of the signatures, Mike Marsh, which reads, in part: “I am the original owner and the print was personally signed for me in my presence by all three astronauts in Houston, Texas on August 13, 1969, [correct date is August 11] very shortly after they came out of quarantine. At that time, I was the Sales Representative for the Hathaway shirt company. One of my clothing store customers, Leopold, Price and Rolle, had offered to outfit the Apollo 11 Crew with apparel for their Parade Tour on August 13, 1969 and for other post mission activities. The offer, which consisted of suits, shirts and ties, was accepted and the three crew members, who each arrived in separate vehicles, attended the L,P. & R store within the Gulfgate mall to be fitted…As I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity, while the astronauts were at the clothing store, I went to a nearby drug store that was also within the mall to see if I could find something appropriate which I could ask the crew to sign. I found the Tobey print and purchased if for $.50. I brought it back to the store where all three crew members were happy to sign it for me…My wife…did attend with me and she brought our camera along…She took two pictures while I was assisting Aldrin and Collins…You’ll notice from the photo with Mr. Collins that he was so fresh out of quarantine that he hadn’t yet shaven off his mustache which he did a short time later prior to the parade the crew attended in New York City that day.” Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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