Skip to main content


    Signed by NASA's Father of Rocket Science.

    Gene Cernan's Saturn IB Rocket Model Signed by Dr. Wernher von Braun. An impressive official model from the Graphics Engineering and Models Branch at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. On a wooden base of 5.5" square, this 1/96th scale Saturn IB model towers nearly 30" tall. It was presented to Cernan by its legendary designer who inscribed it, "To Gene Cernan with best wishes from all his friends at MSFC-Wernher von Braun". It is partially disassembled and stored in a wooden carrying case. All the parts are present but there is some wear and light damage to some of the pieces. The paint on the Service Module, which contains the signature, is chipping with some affect to the inscription.

    The actual Saturn IB rocket stood 224 feet tall. It had two stages that are clearly marked on the model. Altogether, there were nine of them launched- all successfully. As far as manned missions, it was used to propel Apollo 7, all three Skylab missions, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. Interestingly, there is a 1970 NASA press photo picturing von Braun in his new office at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C. Over his left shoulder, one can clearly see an identical Saturn IB model to this one. It is accompanied by a written authentication by Cernan. From the personal collection of Captain Gene Cernan accompanied by written authentication by Cernan.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2008
    25th-26th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 998

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) 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 42 days left to consign to the 2018 June 20 Cartography Signature Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $320,964