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Signed Buzz Aldrin Bible goes up for auction

A Buzz Aldrin signed Bible, a parting gift to the pad leader Guenter Wendt prior to the Apollo 11 launch, is up for auction in the US …

A Buzz Aldrin signed Bible, a parting gift to the pad leader Guenter Wendt prior to the Apollo 11 launch, is up for auction in the US …
 
The Bible was presented to Wendt by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, atop Pad 39A's 320-foot level White Room on July 16, 1969, will be sold to the highest bidder by RR Auction of Boston, MA.
 
The second edition of Good News for Modern Man (American Bible Society, 1966) is signed and inscribed on the title page in blue ink, “On permanent loan to Guenter Wendt, In the faith, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11.”
 
When on the moon, Aldrin secretly observed communion using a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine consecrated for him by his pastor at Webster Presbyterian Church. Celebrated shortly after landing on the lunar surface, these communion elements became the first food and liquid consumed on the moon.
 
“It’s a beautiful and thoughtful piece presented as Aldrin prepared to lift off for his historic mission,” said Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.  Part of the Leon Ford Collection, it is expected to sell for $3,000 - $5,000.

Among the more than 100 lots from the Leon Ford Collection are:

  • Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Personal Preference Kit (PPK) (Estimate $20,000 - $25,000)
  • Al Worden’s Apollo 15 American flag Beta cloth patch. One-of-a–kind flown Beta cloth name patch, worn on the exterior of Worden’s spacesuit during the entirety of the Apollo 15 mission (Estimate $15,000 - $20,000)
  • Commander Charles Conrad’s Skylab 2 flight training suit – The mustard-color suit bears the Skylab mission patch on the right sleeve, NASA ‘meatball’ logo patch on the right breast, and Conrad’s Velcro name patch on the left, “Charles Conrad, NASA-JSC” (Estimate $15,000 - $20,000)
  • Gene Cernan’s flown checklist from his near fatal spacewalk (Estimate $10,000 - $15,000)  
  • Mercury and Gemini Astronauts Signed Display – the unique hand-drawn display depicting the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft and listing the names of each mission, signed by all members of the prime crew. (Estimate $25,000 - $30,000)
  • Exceedingly rare official Lunar Planning Chart signed by six moonwalkers on their landing sites. Desirable for its imposing size and coveted for its rarity, only six of these massive lunar maps were signed (Estimate $20,000 - $25,000)

Pre-live bidding will run June 18 – June 24, followed by a live sale on June 25, scheduled to take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA beginning at 1PM.

Online bidding begins June 18 – June 24, followed by a live sale on June 25, in Cambridge, MA.
More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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