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    "This is a painting of a universal astronaut..."

    Alan Bean Large Limited Edition "Reaching for the Stars" Textured Canvas Print Signed by Twenty-Six Astronauts Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut William Pogue, with Signed LOA. A rare Artist Proof, hand-numbered #119/150, 26.5" x 33.25" (sight size), handsomely framed to an overall 31.5" x 38". These color canvases were produced from an original acrylic by space artist and moonwalker Alan Bean in 1997 and signed by the astronauts attending an induction ceremony and reunion at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida in October 1997. The blue ink signatures included on this amazing piece include: "Alan Shepard", "John Glenn", "Scott Carpenter", "Gordon Cooper" (representing Mercury), "Jim McDivitt", "Wally Schirra", "Richard Gordon" (representing Gemini), "Walt Cunningham", "Bill Anders", "Rusty Schweickart", "Buzz Aldrin", "Charles Conrad Jr", "Alan Bean", "James Lovell", "Fred Haise", "Edgar Mitchell", "Al Worden", "Charlie Duke", "Gene Cernan" (representing Apollo), "Paul Weitz", "Owen Garriott", "Jack Lousma", "Jerry Carr", "Ed Gibson", "Bill Pogue" (representing Skylab), and "Tom Stafford" (representing Apollo-Soyuz). Please Note: As issued to the public, this print exhibited twenty four signatures. The one offered here has the added signatures of Bill Anders and Gene Cernan, the only example we have located with these additional autographs. Experienced collectors will realize the rarity and desirability of the Anders signature. Excellent condition.

    Alan Bean describes this painting in his book Apollo: An Eyewitness Account: "In one sense this is a painting of a universal astronaut, symbolizing everyone who flew in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz. It also represents those who fly on space shuttles and will fly on a space station and on future missions only dreamed about at this time. The astronaut is an emissary of us all, soaring away from our planet earth... But in a broader view [Reaching for the Stars symbolizes] all of us who possess a dedicated and adventurous spirit no matter what our interests or age."

    On the verso of the canvas is a printed Certificate of Authenticity from the issuing Greenwich Workshop gallery, stating in part: "It features a textured canvas surface recreating the 'moonprints' of authentic lunar boots, a core tube used to collect soil samples, and impressions from a hammer used to drive the staff of the American flag into the Moon's surface. This limited edition fine art textured canvas bears the original and authentic signatures of American space pioneers. Affixed hereto in the month of October, 1997, in support of the United States Astronauts Hall of Fame and the U.S. Astronauts Scholarship Foundation."

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Pogue.


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