Apollo 11 Flown French 20 Franc Coin and Necklace in Framed Display with Crew-Signed Letter of Authenticity....
Included with this lot is a 1997-dated signed letter from James Lovell with transmittal envelope. It reads, in full: "Dear Jay: By this letter I authenticate that a 20 Franc coin and chain were delivered by me to Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission, to be placed in his Personal Preference Kit (PPK). As back up commander I helped Armstrong package his PPK. This kit was flown on board the Apollo 11 spacecraft. After the flight, items in the PPK were distributed with letters signed by the Apollo 11 crew authenticating their presence aboard the Apollo 1 I space flight. I am not aware of the final distribution of items in Armstrong's PPK. However, the Apollo 11's letter is proof of the authenticity of the 20 Franc coin and chain in your possession."
Also included with this lot is a 1996-dated signed letter from Jay Barbree stating, in full: "During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Trish Butte was a popular entertainer in Cocoa Beach, Las Vegas and Hollywood. She was known as 'The Folksinger To The Astronauts.' Trish counted most of the astronauts among her friends while she developed a close, personal relationship with James Lovell, the backup Apollo 11 Commander to Neil Armstrong. Later, Lovell Commanded the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission for history's most dramatic space rescue. Each Apollo astronaut was permitted to carry 25 pounds of personal mementoes to the moon in their "Personal Preference Kit" known as their PPK. Before Apollo 11's launch, the mission's backup commander, James Lovell, gave Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong Trish's 20 franc coin and chain. As authenticated by the above letter signed by all three members of the Apollo 11 crew, the above 20 franc coin and chain were carried in Neil Armstrong's PPK to the moon's Sea of Tranquility for humankind's first landing on the moon. On December 18th, 1996, Trish passed along the above 20 franc coin and chain to me, a lifetime friend, because she had long admired my Apollo memorabilia collection. A personal, handwritten letter by Trish authenticating the transfer of ownership is in the curator's possession."
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