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    "In honor of all astronauts who took part in the Apollo program."

    "In the Beginning..." Alan Bean Large Color Limited Edition Lithograph Signed by Twenty Apollo Astronauts. A print, 26" x 30", "925/1000", still contained in the original Greenwich Workshop folder with information sheet. Around the central artwork of the celebrating astronauts on the moon are the mission insignias of all eleven manned Apollo spaceflights. At least one member of each crew has signed beneath their respective flight: "Wally Schirra" (1923-2007); "Walt Cunningham"; "Frank Borman"; "Jim McDivitt"; "Rusty Schweickart"; "Tom Stafford"; "Buzz Aldrin"; "Michael Collins"; "Charles Conrad Jr" (1930-1999); "Richard Gordon"; "Alan Bean"; "James Lovell"; "Fred Haise"; "Alan Shepard" (1923-1998); "Stuart Roosa" (1933-1994); "Edgar Mitchell"; "Dave Scott"; "Al Worden"; "Charlie Duke"; and "Harrison H. Schmitt". This represents eight of the twelve moonwalkers; the potential exists of adding Gene Cernan and John Young through private signings. Excellent condition, as issued. Also included in this lot are two heavyweight 28" x 23" posters, with Bean artwork, celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission at the National Air and Space Museum, also in as-issued condition.

    Bean writes about this artwork in the included information sheet: "I knew that creating a painting to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first manned lunar landing and the total Apollo program would be difficult. I wanted the image to show some of the more important things we did on the Moon and, most of all, to express the spirit of the adventure as we astronauts experienced it. But how does one show in a painting the dedication, the intensity, the self sacrifice, the sense of duty, history and patriotism that engulfed us all our quest for the Moon? I didn't know, but I began. Pete Landa, an artist friend, helped with an idea that served as the basis of the painting. Nancy Conrad, the wife of Pete Conrad, my fellow Apollo XII moonwalker thought of the title. I enjoyed creating In the Beginning in this way because that's how Apollo was done. It was not the handiwork of any one person but of 300,000 dedicated human beings working together to make an ages-old impossible dream come true... some twenty-five years, and a lot of wonderful memories, ago. Thanks, America."

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    June, 2011
    3rd Friday
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