SKYLAB II "WIVES PATCH" - ONE OF ONLY 320 MADE. ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER EARLY EMBROIDERED EMBLEMS.
Lot 186
SKYLAB II "WIVES PATCH" - ONE OF ONLY 320 MADE.
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER EARLY EMBROIDERED EMBLEMS.
Sold for US$ 1,625 inc. premium

The Space History Sale

8 Apr 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
SKYLAB II "WIVES PATCH" - ONE OF ONLY 320 MADE.
ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER EARLY EMBROIDERED EMBLEMS.
Circular Skylab II "Wives Patch," 4 inches in diameter. Features a nude female in front of a combination half sun and half earth with the flight crew members' wives first names. Displayed with a 4 inch limited edition color decal of the same design. Matted and framed, 16 by 13 inches.

Skylab II Wives Decal (number 1659) is SIGNED "ARDIS" (Ardis Shanks, co-designer and artist) and INSCRIBED and SIGNED "JACQUES" (co-designer and production coordinator).

The emblem follows the same base design of the actual Skylab II flight crew (SL-3 mission) emblem with the exception of Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" being replaced by "vitruvian woman." Additionally, the crew's wives first names were used – SUE (Bean), HELEN-MARY (Garriott), and GRATIA (Lousma) – following the same name order as their husbands.

This was a "secret" project to surprise their husbands during their 59 day mission by placing some of the decals inside various Command Module lockers. The total number cloth emblem "Wives Patches" was based on a humorous additive process which included the length of actual/planned Skylab flights, launch dates, crew ages, and the average age of Sue, Helen-Mary, and Gratia which was "18".
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