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    Space artist extraordinaire.

    Robert T. McCall: Collection of Original Sketches and Signed Space First Day Covers. An amazing collection of twelve signed items, five of which contain original artwork, from the dean of modern space artists. As follows: (1) A color pastel and ink drawing of a celestial landscape on a 9" x 12" heavy sheet of sketch paper, signed at bottom and dated "1-15-2007"; (2) A pen and ink planetary scene on a 9" x 12" heavy sheet, signed at bottom and dated "5-2007"; (3) An "Apollo Soyuz Space Test Project" 10¢ stamp (Scott #1570) First Day Cover, signed with a small sketch added; (4) An "Achievements in Space" block of eight 18¢ stamps (Scott #1912-19) First Day Cover signed on the front and also signed on the verso with a full-width sketch; (5) An "Understanding the Sun" Skylab 18¢ stamp (Scott #1915) First Day Cover signed on the front with an added sketch utilizing the circular cancel as a star; (6-12) Seven various "Achievements in Space" First Day Covers, all signed. Each of these covers is unaddressed and features a lovely color cachet. All items in this lot are signed "Robert T. McCall" and are in excellent, as new condition.

    Robert T. McCall (1919-2010). The spark that ignited McCall's passion for space flight came from the science fiction pulp magazines that he read in his youth at Columbus, Ohio. An exciting group of low-flying bi-planes roaring over his hometown when he was a child and his seeing WWI surplus bombers at the Ohio State Fair a bit later led to his eventual joining of the Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war, he worked as an advertising and illustration artist, first in Chicago, then New York; much of his art dealing with aviation. In the mid-1950s, he travelled extensively through an Air Force program in which he would donate the paintings made from these trips for exhibit at various bases and facilities around the world. When NASA was created, they initiated a similar program allowing McCall to have unprecedented insider's access to all the manned flights. He was there and documented the American manned space program like no other artist ever has. His vision and talent remains unsurpassed.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2010
    17th Wednesday
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