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    An original Robert McCall painting of Ed White's Gemini 4 spacewalk with ten mustard seeds carried on the mission.

    Gemini 4: Robert McCall Original Painting, Circa 1966, Presented to Ed White II and Offered with Ten Flown Mustard Seeds, all Directly from His Personal Collection. This acrylic painting titled "Edward White II, Spacewalk" is 20.75" x 14.875" sight size, handsomely triple-matted in red, white, and blue linen, and framed to an overall 29.5" x 23.5". It is a very detailed and colorful view of White during his landmark EVA attached by an umbilical cord to the orbiting Gemini 4 capsule, hatch door standing open, while orbiting the Earth with the moon rising on the horizon. Signed in red "McCall" at lower right. McCall painted this as a study for a larger commissioned version for a bank in San Antonio, Texas, who gifted this to Ed White. It is difficult for this cataloger to describe how breathtakingly beautiful this painting really is. Rarely offered. Excellent condition.

    Ten mustard seeds are included with this lot in a Fliteline case. These seeds, a symbol of White's religious faith, were in a pocket of White's spacesuit while he walked in space, the first American to do so. In the Bible's New Testament, there are several examples of Jesus using the mustard seed as a model of the growth of the Kingdom of God from an extremely tiny seed to the largest of all garden plants, as well as an example of the amount of faith needed to accomplish much.

    Also included with this lot is a photocopy of a letter from noted preacher and author Norman Vincent Peale, dated just before the Gemini 4 mission. It reads, in small part: "You don't need to take a mustard seed with you as a symbol of your faith; you have the faith itself, and the inner sturdiness that will carry you through this tremendous and rewarding experience."

    Robert T. McCall (1919-2010). If you've ever visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., you have seen the work of Robert McCall; his mural depicting man's conquest of the moon covers an entire wall on the main floor. If you went to see the motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey, maybe it was the movie posters featuring paintings by Robert McCall that drew you into the theatre. In the early 1960s, McCall illustrated a series of LIFE magazine articles about the future of space travel. He was chosen by NASA to document the progress of the U.S. space program first hand and was present at nearly every NASA launch. McCall was even in the running (along with Walter Cronkite) to be chosen as the first civilian in space. That position eventually went to Christa McAuliffe (in the ill-fated STS-51-L mission). McCall designed more than two-dozen U.S. postage stamps and his artwork was used in many major motion pictures including The Black Hole and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

    Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III.

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