A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT, MERCURY TO APOLLO—SHEPARD SIGNED POSTAL ENVELOPE. FEATURES POSTMARKS FROM THREE SPACE FLIGHT MILESTONE EVENTS.
Lot 81
A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT, MERCURY TO APOLLO—SHEPARD SIGNED POSTAL ENVELOPE.
FEATURES POSTMARKS FROM THREE SPACE FLIGHT MILESTONE EVENTS.
Sold for US$ 750 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A DECADE OF ACHIEVEMENT, MERCURY TO APOLLO—SHEPARD SIGNED POSTAL ENVELOPE.
FEATURES POSTMARKS FROM THREE SPACE FLIGHT MILESTONE EVENTS. An air mail postal envelope having a red, white, and blue outer border with a pre-printed 7-cent air mail stamp. Patrick Air Force Base (AFB) postmark dated May 5, 1961, the launch day of Alan Shepard's Freedom 7 flight.

SIGNED by ALAN SHEPARD.

Patrick AFB is located some 20 miles south of Cape Canaveral and often used by NASA/Contractor postal enthusiasts for postmarks of early space program events. This envelope has addition postmarks from Cape Canaveral on January 31, 1971 – Shepard's Apollo 14 launch date and May 5, 1971 – the 10th anniversary of his Freedom 7 flight. An inner ear disorder grounded Shepard almost 10 years. A high risk operation corrected the disorder and he was returned to active astronaut flight status which enabled him to command the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.
Auction information

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

Contacts
  1. Cassandra Hatton
    Specialist - Space History
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 461 6531
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007