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ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth
ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth
ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth
ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth
ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth
ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth

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Lot 24: ASTP Multi-Signed Beta Cloth

This Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Beta cloth patch, from the personal collection of Vance Brand, bears the signatures of four of the mission's five crewmembers: astronauts Brand and Tom Stafford and cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and the late Valery Kubasov.

The insignia patch is printed on material made of fireproof Beta cloth - glass fibers coated with Teflon, which was the same material used on the outer layer of astronauts' spacesuits to protect them from extreme temperatures. This silkscreen cloth is from the same production run as the patches worn by the Apollo crew during the mission.

ASTP, which launched on July 15, 1975, was the first joint U.S.-Soviet space flight. The two spacecraft docked together in orbit, and two international astronaut crews — consisting of astronauts Brand, the late Deke Slayton, and Stafford and cosmonauts Kubasov and Leonov — met above the Earth for the first time in history. This mission marked the end of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union that began in 1955. ASTP was the final flight of an Apollo spacecraft and the last manned U.S. mission until the first space shuttle flight in April 1981.

The patch has been matted and framed using archival methods and the final product measures approximately 11.75" x 11.75". This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Brand.

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Bid History

Bidding on this lot concluded on March 30, 2014 at 10:00 PM EDT.

Bidders: 13 Bids: 28 Winning Bid: $585

Bidder Bid Time (UTC) Bid Amount (USD)
310 2014 Mar 30 22:35:58 585.00
283 2014 Mar 29 18:04:26 535.00
221 2014 Mar 25 14:47:05 500.00
221 2014 Mar 25 14:47:05 425.00
167 2014 Mar 28 20:15:09 405.00
221 2014 Mar 25 14:47:05 385.00
267 2014 Mar 24 22:21:10 365.00
267 2014 Mar 24 22:21:10 360.00
230 2014 Mar 24 14:06:44 340.00
127 2014 Mar 24 13:48:02 320.00
140 2014 Mar 22 06:24:51 300.00
167 2014 Mar 23 21:57:44 300.00
140 2014 Mar 22 06:24:51 280.00
167 2014 Mar 23 21:56:55 260.00
140 2014 Mar 22 06:24:51 240.00
167 2014 Mar 22 00:27:34 220.00
121 2014 Mar 21 23:25:10 200.00
167 2014 Mar 22 00:25:31 200.00
121 2014 Mar 21 23:25:10 140.00
230 2014 Mar 22 00:25:26 130.00
121 2014 Mar 21 23:25:10 120.00
230 2014 Mar 22 00:24:59 110.00
121 2014 Mar 21 23:25:10 100.00
137 2014 Mar 21 22:31:26 90.00
237 2014 Mar 21 17:40:45 80.00
188 2014 Mar 21 16:58:15 75.00
188 2014 Mar 21 16:58:15 60.00
213 2014 Mar 21 14:04:59 50.00