FLOWN Gemini 9 MEDALLION  (Stafford Collection)
Lot 78
MEDALLION CARRIED ON GEMINI 9.
Sold for US$ 3,965 inc. premium
Auction Details
The Space Sale New York
16 Jul 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17402
MEDALLION CARRIED ON GEMINI 9.
Lot Details
MEDALLION CARRIED ON GEMINI 9.
Shield-shaped medallion, gold-plated sterling silver, 1 inch across. Carried on the Gemini 9 flight by Commander Thomas Stafford. Features the crew mission emblem on the front, the reverse engraved with the flight dates of June 3-6, 1966, and Stafford and Cernan's names.

Accompanied by a Typed Letter Signed by Thomas P. Stafford, which reads in part: "The medallion enclosed with this letter was carried into space during June 3 through 6, 1966 on the Gemini IX mission. I commanded the flight while rookie astronaut Eugene Cernan served as pilot. The medallion is made of sterling silver and one of the very few that were gold plated." He details the flight objectives and the problems encountered, concluding: "We still had a lot to learn about working outside a spacecraft in 1966.
Gemini 9 was originally assigned to fellow astronauts Elliot See and Charlie Bassett. Unfortunately, they lost their lives in a jet crash on February 28, 1966 at St. Louis, Missouri ... Since Gene and I were the back-up crew, we were then assigned the prime crew positions. We never wanted to get the mission assignment this way but the Gemini flight program had to continue."
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Similar items