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Thomas Stafford (American, b. 1930)

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
51
Sold for:
$923$750

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3048M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
November 02, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

Thomas Stafford (American, b. 1930)
Two photographs showing close-ups of the Gemini 7 spacecraft over the Earth at low and high Sun elevation angles, Gemini 6, December 1965. One numbered 'NASA S-65-63196' (NASA MSC) in red on the recto u.l. margin. Vintage chromogenic prints on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image sizes to 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (18.9 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor yellowing to sheets, minor loss/possible repair at u.r. corner of second print.

N.B. As Schirra piloted, Stafford photographed, creating the first pictures of another vehicle in space made with a hand-held camera. "We reviewed the pictures after we got back," noted Stafford. "When we saw their clarity—the lighting, the sun angle, and everything—we realized that they described it very well. The mission will be there in history forever" (Schick and Van Haaften, p. 50). The NASA negative number for the second image is S-65-63205.
Estimate $600-800


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Kodak, Thomas Stafford, Van Haaften, Schick Haaften, Aviation, Chromogenic, Economy of the United States, Mercury Seven, NASA, Project Gemini, Spaceflight, Wally Schirra

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