Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    STS-1 tile presented to mission commander.

    Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) Flown High Temperature Reusable Surface Insulation Tile Directly from the Personal Collection of Mission Commander John Young, with Signed COA. A rarely-offered black HRSI tile that flew on the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. This 6" x 3.75" x 1.75" (overall) odd-shaped tile was presented to Young by its manufacturer Lockheed loosely mounted to a 8.5" square x 1" tall wooden base with an engraved plate: "To Astronaut John Young/ Congratulations on the Success of STS-1/ Lockheed HRSI Team/ May 27, 1981". The tile's serial number is in yellow at top: "V070-293013-067-008198". There is a protective Plexiglas cover and the display is 3.5" tall when covered. Tiles were an integral component of the Space Shuttle orbiter's thermal protection system. This system shielded the vehicle from the destructively searing heat of re-entry into the atmosphere and also provided passive thermal control in orbit. About 20,000 black tiles shielded the entire underside of the orbiter, as well as portions of the vertical tail, wings, and forward and aft fuselage. This is the first one of these we've offered. Excellent condition.

    Included with this lot is a signed Letter of Authenticity on his personal letterhead stating, in full: "I hereby certify that the accompanying STS 1 HRSI tile, mounted and presented to me by Lockheed was from our STS 1 spacecraft and has been part of my personal collection since the mission."

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    18th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 561

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 5 days left to consign to the 2018 September 13 Books Signature Auction Books - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $616,190