Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Mercury Seven Astronauts: Large Color Photo Signed by All plus Two McDonnell Executives. An amazing signed photo, one that we've never before handled. Offered here to some lucky collector is a 10.25" x 13.25" color photo of the Mercury capsule, taken at the McDonnell factory in 1961, with all seven of the Mercury astronauts surrounding it along with James S. McDonnell, the founder and president of McDonnell Aircraft Corp. and Walter Burke, then the vice president. It is matted and framed to an overall 17" x 21". It is signed by all pictured near their images: "Best regards to Paul from. The Mercury Astronauts--/ and many thanks for/ all the help---/ Gus Grissom", "J S McDonnell", "Alan Shepard", "Scott Carpenter", "Walter Burke", "Gordon Cooper", "D K Slayton", "Walter M Schirra Jr", and "J H Glenn Jr". There is a period typewritten label on the verso that reads: "Given to Paul M. Sturtevant/ NASA, Houston, Texas". This is an item that would be a stand out in any collection, private or institutional, a rarely seen photo in a large format with not only the astronauts' signatures but those of the two men most responsible for getting the Mercury capsule built. The signatures are all clear and bold. Excellent with just a small amount of fading to the photo. From the personal collection of Gemini Program Office special assistant and longtime NASA employee, Paul M. Sturtevant.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    1st Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 731

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 November 8 Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 May 14 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2019 May 14 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $735,674