Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts
This one-of-a-kind Saturn V rocket model was assembled and donated to the ASF by Gemini mechanic Don Black. Mounted on a wooden base, this hand-painted model has been signed by the following Skylab astronauts, who added their missions and/or positions:
Black has taken the time to personalize the base of the model, adding each Skylab mission insignia and a program insignia on either side of the model label, which reads "SKYLAB SATURN V, 14 May 1973" — the date the space station was launched, unmanned, via a modified Saturn V like this one. Black has also affixed lists of each mission's crew and small figures at the base of the rocket. Look underneath the base and you will find a note from Black, which reads "Erection by Don Black, 5/12/2012, White Room Mechanic on Gemini program 1965-66."
The model stands at approximately 29" high (around 30.75" while sitting on the base). The base measures 9.5" x 9" x 1.75". The three stages of the Saturn V are individual pieces and, when connected, form the complete piece.
The launch of the Skylab space station was the final use of the massive Saturn V rocket so iconic of the Apollo program; however, the Saturn V used in this launch was modified to carry only two stages rather than three as the station only needed to make it into low Earth orbit. Though the station launched unmanned, it was followed two months later by the Skylab 2 crew on May 25, 1973. A total of three crews manned the space station during its time in space, ending when the Skylab 4 crew left on February 8, 1974. The crews used smaller Saturn 1B rockets to travel to the space station.
This piece comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Black. Also included are photos Black took as the model was signed.
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: 8 Bids: 20 Winning Bid: $1375
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|331||2013 Nov 10 02:47:03||1375.00|
|274||2013 Nov 09 23:37:23||1275.00|
|274||2013 Nov 09 23:37:23||1100.00|
|225||2013 Nov 02 01:15:30||1000.00|
|331||2013 Nov 09 17:41:53||975.00|
|225||2013 Nov 02 01:15:30||900.00|
|180||2013 Nov 09 06:02:53||850.00|
|225||2013 Nov 02 01:15:30||675.00|
|115||2013 Nov 08 04:08:47||625.00|
|225||2013 Nov 02 01:15:30||550.00|
|124||2013 Nov 01 16:43:42||500.00|
|124||2013 Nov 01 16:43:42||470.00|
|115||2013 Nov 01 23:51:37||450.00|
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