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    One of only three in existence

    Buzz Aldrin: Casting of His "Moon Boot" Signed in the Plaster, Taken by Artist Josephine Mead on November 7, 1969. A 22" x 17" x 2" plaster casting painted in shades of brown and green giving it the look of a bronze. The overall dimensions of the moon boot footprint is 14.75" x 6.55" and it has a 14" long "Buzz Aldrin" signature above as placed by him in the original plaster. On the underneath is written, likely by Mead: "Second Casting/ of Moon Boot/ Print--/ Nov 69". Noted Chicago artist Jo Mead made three of these castings when Aldrin brought his moon boot to the opening of a new addition to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The first was for the Smithsonian, this was the second one that she retained, and the third was for exhibit at the Medical Center. Ms. Mead's personal casting was passed on to a close friend before her death in 2000 and they have now consigned it to Heritage. This is worthy of exhibition in the finest of museums or private collections, certainly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own something so incredibly evocative of man's first footprints on another heavenly body. Very fine.

    Included with this lot is an 8" x 10" B&W reprint press photo of Buzz holding his moon boot with Mead and a tray of plaster. Also, two 13" x 19" B&W glossy prints of Aldrin's boot and footprint on the lunar surface.

    Buzz Aldrin mentions this casting in the speech he made the evening of November 7, 1969, at the dedication of the new Masonic medical facility: "It is a great honor to be with you here this evening. This has been a very eventful day for me -- a few hours ago, as many of you know, I had occasion to borrow Neil Armstrong's most famous phrase, 'One small step for a man,' even though I used it here on earth instead of on the surface of the moon. I was graciously requested to have a footprint cast, which will be placed at the entrance of the magnificent new addition to your medical center."

    Jo Mead's obituary in the Chicago Tribune issue dated August 12, 2000, summarizes her stellar career and even mentions her contribution to the Smithsonian: "Even the Smithsonian Institution has a Jo Mead original--her casting for NASA of the imprint of the original boots Buzz Aldrin wore on his moon walk." The article can be accessed at this link: http://2gs.us/357f .

    Please note: This is most likely a moon boot Aldrin used in training, not one that he wore on the moon.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    12th Wednesday
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