Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Mercury spacecraft drawn by its designer

    Max Faget Signed Drawing of Project Mercury's "Big Joe" Capsule. An 8.5" x 11" transparent sheet with a basic drawing (4" x 6.25") in black felt tip of a space capsule accomplished by its designer who has signed "Max Faget" to the side. Above, he has written: "Big Joe" and below: "Mold Lines Feb 1959/ Fligt [sic] Date Scheduled Aug 59/ Fligt [sic] Date Achieved Sept 59". Max Faget was the designer of the Mercury spacecraft and contributed to the designs of Gemini, Apollo, and the Space Shuttle. The flight of "Big Joe" occurred on September 9, 1959. Its purpose was to test the ablative heat shield that would be used on the manned Mercury missions. A very rare original sketch by an important member of the American space program's design team. Excellent. From the family collection of the late Tom McFadden.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    11th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 688

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $200,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $200,000 and $2,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,000,000 per lot.

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

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    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
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 May 22 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,022,424