"This flag sailed aboard Apollo XII to the Ocean of Storms"Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown Flag Decal in Framed Display. A small color flag decal flown to the lunar surface by mission Commander Pete Conrad mounted as part of a handsome 23" x 27" matted and framed display that includes a note from Conrad regarding the flag: "To/ Jay-/ This flag sailed aboard/ Apollo XII to the Ocean of/ Storms, Nov. 1969/ Pete/ Charles Conrad Jr", one of Conrad's personally owned Beta cloth mission insignia patches signed: "This Apollo XII Beta Cloth suit/ patch came from my personal/ collection./ Charles Conrad Jr/ Cdr. Apollo XII/ 2nd Lunar Landing", and two color images. A unique LM-flown item and an attractive display piece. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a 1996-dated signed and notarized Letter of Authenticity from author Martin Caidin. It reads, in full: "Apollo 12's Pete Conrad, Alan Bean and Dick Gordon set sail on November 14th, 1969 for the moon's Oceanus Procellarum ~ Ocean of Storms. Inside Commander Conrad's personal equipment were six small American Flags, usually worn as shoulder patches by law enforcement officers as well as astronauts, six crew patches, a tektite rock belonging to me and a four-inch by two-and three- quarter inch plastic American flag used in an NBC-TV News promotion for the Apollo 12 mission. Apollo 12 Commander Pete Conrad took these items to the moon's surface as a favor to me. Jay Barbree of NBC News met him at his room at the Hilton Hotel in the city of Cape Canaveral. There, spread out, was the material he had taken for friends to the moon. Pete turned over the six small flags, the six patches, my tektite rock and Barbree's NBC-TV News promotion plastic American flag to Jay Barbree. I kept one of the flags and patches as well as the tektite rock and later donated them to the Dallas Museum of Science. Jay Barbree kept one set of the flags and patches as well as the NBC-TV News promotion plastic American flag. He donated his set of the six flags and patches to the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Barbree kept the small NBC-TV News promotional American flag for his own collection."
Also included with this lot is a 1996-dated letter on NBC letterhead from Jay Barbree stating, in full: "The NBC-TV News promotion four-inch American plastic flag displayed in this frame set sail on November 14th, 1969 for the moon's Oceanus Procellarum -- Ocean of Storms -- in Apollo 12 Commander Charles 'Pete' Conrad's Personal Preference Kit (PPK). Astronaut Conrad took the flag to the moon's surface as a favor for my co-author and friend Martin Caidin. Upon his return from the moon, I met him at his room in the Hilton Hotel in the city of Cape Canaveral, Florida. There, spread out, were the items Pete Conrad had taken for friends to the moon. Astronaut Conrad turned the NBC-TV News promotion flag, along with other items he'd flown for Mr. Caidin, over to me. Until the above date, the flag and the personally written authentication instrument by Apollo 12 Commander Conrad himself, stayed locked in my safety deposit box until I inserted it within a print of Astronaut Alan Bean's (who walked with Conrad on the moon during the Apollo 12 mission) In the Beginning. Alan Bean painted "In the Beginning" in 1993. Astronaut Bean sought suggestions from his fellow 'Moonwalkers' as well as artists and good friends before creating this image. A proud, triumphant 'Moonwalker' celebrates the accomplishment before the red, white and blue flag that actually went to the moon with him, while a colleague gives a friendly wave to the planet they temporarily left behind. The Apollo 12 beta cloth suit patch to the right of the flag came from Commander Conrad's personal collection and the above picture of Astronaut Alan Bean walking on the moon is the only Apollo photo that captured the atmospheric glow created by the moonwalker's suit."
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