DescriptionJohn F. Kennedy 1963 Presidential Pen Presented to and Originally from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Gordon Cooper. This 5" long black and chrome Parker pen with "The White House" and Kennedy's facsimile signature embossed on the barrel was presented to Cooper by President Kennedy at a White House ceremony, likely on October 10, 1963, when the seven original astronauts were awarded the Collier Trophy at a White House ceremony. Gordon Cooper (1927-2004), one of the original "Mercury Seven" astronauts, had completed his successful mission May 15-16, 1963, in Mercury-Atlas 9 Faith 7; he orbited the Earth twenty-two times and became the first American to sleep in space. Kennedy, of course, was very instrumental in getting America into space; this is an excellent association item. Fine condition. Ex-Cooper estate.
Included with this lot is a handwritten and signed Note of Certification from Cooper on a 4.25" x 5.5" personal Mickey Mouse notepage: "This pen given to Gordon Cooper/ at the White House in 1963 by/ Pres JFK./ Gordon Cooper".
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