DescriptionCustom Fender Stratocaster Guitar Signed by Twelve Astronauts, a Limited Edition Apollo 17 Omega Timepiece, and Dinner with Moonwalker Gene Cernan, all Benefiting the National Naval Aviation Museum. If you're a space and/or guitar collector looking for something that no other private collector has or will ever have, this is your lucky day. This incredible lot has been put together by the National Naval Aviation Museum and proceeds will benefit that important institution whose mission is to collect, preserve, and display historic artifacts relating to the history of naval aviation. There are three separate pieces to this offering, as follows:
Fender 2012 NASA Custom Stratocaster Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial Number US12305229, by Master Builder Chip Ellis. There were only two of these made; Ellis's father is a retired Navy captain and a member of the board at the museum. That proved to be a great connection in getting this custom Strat designed and built for the Salute to the Pioneers of Space held last December 14-15 at the museum. The two-day gala celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 17 flight, the last to the moon. At the event, twelve attending astronauts signed two of these guitars; there are several photos available of the various space heroes as they signed. The arrangement was for one of the instruments to be ensconced permanently in the Fender Museum of Music and the Arts and the other (this one) was to be sold to raise funds for the Naval Aviation Museum. The gorgeous guitar is signed in gold on the body as follows (alphabetical): "Alan Bean/ Apollo 12", "Gene Cernan", "Michael Collins", "Walt Cunningham/ Apollo 7", "Charlie Duke/ Apollo 16", "Joe Engle/ Space Shuttle/ X-15", "John Glenn", "Richard Gordon", "Fred Haise/ Apollo 13", "James Lovell/ Apollo 13", "Dave Scott/ Apollo 15", and "Tom Stafford". The guitar is also signed and dated by Chip Ellis on the back of the headstock. Included is a deluxe Fender locking hard case (model TSA-002) with all the expected "case candy." What an item for display in your collection!
Omega Speedmaster "Apollo XVII" 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Chronograph. A limited edition of 1972 (for the date of the mission) with the striking mission insignia for the dial. It features a tachymeter and a small second hand at six o'clock. The steel case has a rhodium-plated finish and is 42mm in diameter; the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The movement is the Omega Caliber 1861, the same movement contained in the watches that were worn on the moon by the Apollo astronauts. A handsome watch for wearing or even just for display.
Dinner with Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan. The last man to walk on the lunar surface will have dinner with you at which time he will present your Apollo XVII watch to you. Transportation is the winning bidder's responsibility but who wouldn't want to sit and dine with a national hero, a man who flew in space three times, twice to the moon! Can you just imagine the stories he could relate?
Bid early and often (as they say) for this remarkable group. The proceeds will go to a great organization. From their website: "Naval Aviation transcends both time and space, from wood and fabric biplanes to the frontiers of outer space. The Museum captures Naval Aviation's heritage and brings its story of challenge, ingenuity and courage to you. The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world's largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation's rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum's nearly 300,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds."
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