Palm Beach Modern Auctions
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Urban Culture, Pop & Contemporary Art

Sun, Feb 24, 2019 11:00AM EST
Lot 505

NASA Apollo 11 U.S.S. Hornet Original Recovery Hat

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
$200,000 $25,000
Apollo 11 recovery hat, made for the crew in very limited production. The cap was given by the crew to the consignor's father, and is accompanied by the recovery dinner invitation/menu, in its original postmarked envelope, addressed to the consignor's father. Provenance: The consignor's father was in charge of the Ford Motor Company's Public Relations garage in New York City during the time of the Apollo missions and provided transportation to visiting dignitaries and VIPs. He developed friendships with several of the astronauts who,over the years, presented him with various pieces of signed mission memorabilia which he then passed to his son. The consignor and his father preserved supporting documentation and ephemera to accompany each piece.
Designer & Manufacturer: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); Pittsburgh Hat & Cap Co./Harvard Sports Headwear
Markings: Harvard Sports Headwear stamp and tag
Country of Origin & Materials: USA; wool
Dimensions(H,W,D): 5"h, 8.5"w, 10"d; marked size 7 1/8 very good, minimal wear (primarily to inside band)