DescriptionApollo 8 Flown American Flag on a Crew-Signed Mat Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Command Module Pilot James Lovell, Signed and Certified, with Signed LOA. This 6" x 4.25" cloth U.S. flag is lightly mounted to a 9.625" x 11.5" white mat board with the following text in a calligraphic font: "This Flag was Carried Aboard the First/ Manned Lunar Orbit Spacecraft/ Apollo VIII/ December 21-27, 1968/ Lovell ~ Borman ~ Anders". Lovell has signed this flag on the two lower white stripes: "Flown aboard Apollo 8/ James Lovell". On the mat beneath are the bold signatures of the crew: "James Lovell", "Frank Borman", and "Bill Anders". An important addition to any space collection and a great item for display. It appears that Lovell had to go over part of the certification due to pen problems, does not detract. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity from Lovell on his company letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that this American Flag was flown on board Apollo 8. Apollo 8 was the first journey to the moon in December, 1968. This flag is from my personal collection of space artifacts and has been in my possession since the mission."
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