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Item 2286 - Apollo 11 Unflown Flag Threads Catalog 569 (Oct 2019)

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Estimate: $2,000.00 +
Sold Price: $2,217.50 (includes buyer's premium)


Rare collection of red, white, and blue threads originating from the American flag that was planted on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The pieces of unflown thread, which measure between a quarter of an inch to a half an inch, derive from remnants of the flag seam and from a section of the flag bearing manufacturer identification, portions that were excised in order to create a hem for the extender rod and to eliminate accidental sponsorship; the modification of the flag was overseen by Tom Moser, a mechanical engineer in the SMD Apollo Subsystems Project Office, and by a small team from the Technical Services Division at the Johnson Spacecraft Center. The threads are displayed with a photo of images documenting the design of the flag assembly, which was later attached to the Lunar Module Eagle ladder, and a signed certificate of authenticity attesting that these threads were "Saved while preparing the flag for flight," and that they derive from larger flag remnants “sold in the July 2011 Goldberg Auction.” The threads are archivally double-matted and framed to an overall size of 13.5 x 18.5. In fine condition. An exceptionally rare offering of unflown material belonging to the first American flag to encounter the lunar surface.

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