FLOWN LIBERTY BELL 7 FILM.
A 1½ inch long segment of 16mm motion picture film encased in an 8½ by 3 by 2 inch lucite block. Two images are inside the lucite, one of Gus Grissom prior to his sub-orbital flight and the other being the fully restored Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft. Text below the film reads: "This is an original piece of film from Liberty Bell 7's pilot observation camera which captured all the movements of astronaut Gus Grissom as he became the second American in space. Issued in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the flight July 21, 1961 July 21, 2001." LIMITED EDITION number 406 of 1000 with original presentation box.
Grissom's spacecraft sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean just after splashdown when an explosive hatch opened prematurely. The vehicle was recovered from a depth of over 16,000 feet by a privately funded operation in 1999.