DescriptionApollo 13 Flown National Flag of Italy Originally from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander James Lovell. This 5.5" x 4.125" silk Italian flag was carried aboard Apollo 13 on its ill-fated moon mission. It has been lightly mounted to a heavy 10" x 12" certificate that states: "This flag was on board Apollo XIII during its flight and emergency return to Earth/ APOLLO XIII/ April 11-17, 1970/ Lowell - Swigert - Haise". It bears the authentic signatures of two crewmembers- "James Lovell" and "Jack Swigert" (1931-1982), and the autopen signature of "Fred W. Haise", all above the mission insignia. Very fine condition save for a light bend in the lower left corner and very minor soiling in the left margin.
Included with this lot are R&R and JSA/Scott Cornish auction Letters of Authenticity.
This lot includes a signed Letter of Certification from Lovell on his letterhead stating: "I hereby certify that this National Flag of Italy was on board the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Apollo 13 perilous flight took off on April 11 and returned safely on April 17, 1970. The flag was from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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