The Titusville American Space Museum will hold an online auction Saturday at noon as the nonprofit relaunches events to fund the popular education museum.
Charles Jeffrey, the museum’s collections analyst, told News 6 that the pandemic has forced a radical cancellation of events that normally help fund operations.
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“Our goal is $ 20,000,” Jeffrey said. “We were a long way from last year, but I have high hopes for this one.”
Jeffrey’s optimism is based on an impressive array of rare collectibles and signed photographs, including item # 127, a black and white lunar surface autographed by Buzz Aldrin.
This collector’s item is expected to fetch between $ 600 and $ 800. The highest bid on Friday was $ 300.
“Buzz Aldrin’s second man on the moon is always a favorite,” said energetic Jeffrey. “We have a large collection of autographs for the Mercury astronauts. “
The 379-item list which includes everything from patches to quirky collectibles, including space shuttle foods like the Turkey Salad Spread, will be available online, not in person.
“My favorite is a little weird,” Jeffrey said. “I like the frangible nut that was used to hold the space shuttle to the launch pad, I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”
This space hardware, Item # 365, has generated a lot of interest with 13 bids already submitted and a high bid of $ 800.
The final bid on the frangible nut which is clearly engraved with the name and date of manufacture is expected to reach $ 1,000 to $ 1,500.
The most expensive collector’s item at auction is Item 200, the White Beta Cloth Flight Jacket worn and signed by Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart.
Jeffrey told News 6 It was worn during pilot training for the Apollo mission and is expected to make $ 4,000 to $ 5,000.
One of the surprise offers at the auction are autographed flight cards by Hollywood legends Jimmy Stewart and Kirk Douglas.
The stars of both screens were part of a list of personalities present at this launch with singer Robert Goulet.
The autographed covers and day one photographs include the signatures of John Glenn and John Young.
Lot 177 is a multi-signed “Achievements in Space” cover with a postmarked September 29, 1967. It was signed by Astronauts Joseph Allen, William Lenoir, Don Lind, Frank Borman, Vance Brand and Jack Lousma. He also has the autopen signatures of Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean and Joe Kerwin.
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