Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
The master crafters behind Penwal have generously donated a precise replica of the modified golf club Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard used to swing at a golf ball on the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. This breathtaking replica is created exactly after the original club, currently on display at the United States Golf Association Museum in New Jersey, and measures 37" long. The item is a collaboration of both Penwal and Shepard's daughter, Laura Shepard-Churchley.
Shepard first thought about playing golf on the Moon when he and fellow Mercury astronaut Deke Slayton gave comedian Bob Hope a tour of the NASA complex. As Hope tested out lunar gravity in a moon walking simulator, he used a golf club driver to balance. That image gave Shepard the notion that he needed to hit a long drive on the lunar plane.
After modifying a retractable instrument for rock and soil samples to fit a 6-iron head, the astronaut set the plan in motion. Shepard practiced for hours swinging the modified club, all while wearing a pressurized space suit with oxygen tanks, radios, and other gear.
Toward the conclusion of a successful space mission, Shepard was able to take his first swing at a golf ball, on national television, using "winter rules in February." Although he shanked his first hit, Shepard landed just right on the second golf ball and described it traveling "miles and miles and miles."
A certificate of authenticity signed by Shepard-Churchley and Penwal accompanies this lot.
There is a minimum reserve for this item. ASF reserves the right to disqualify the high bidder, to reject the high bid, and to accept a bid from a lower bidder, for any reason within their discretion, which shall be exercised in good faith.
Bidding on this lot concluded on November 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM EST.
Bidders: 2 Bids: 11 High Bid: $6100
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|114||2013 Nov 05 23:57:47||6100.00|
|292||2013 Nov 06 14:54:38||6000.00|
|114||2013 Nov 05 23:57:47||5850.00|
|292||2013 Nov 06 14:54:11||5750.00|
|114||2013 Nov 05 23:57:47||5600.00|
|292||2013 Nov 06 14:53:52||5500.00|
|114||2013 Nov 05 23:57:47||5300.00|
|292||2013 Nov 05 21:10:51||5200.00|
|292||2013 Nov 05 21:10:51||5150.00|
|114||2013 Nov 01 14:31:36||5050.00|
|114||2013 Nov 01 14:31:36||5000.00|