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William Anders (American, b. 1933), Frank Borman (American, b. 1928), or James Lovell (American, b. 1928)

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
124
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$677$550

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

Description:

William Anders (American, b. 1933), Frank Borman (American, b. 1928), or James Lovell (American, b. 1928)
Two views of the rugged and mountainous lunar farside, Apollo 8, December 1968. NASA HQ caption on the verso of the first image. One vintage gelatin silver print and one vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image sizes to 7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (19.2 x 24.0 cm), unmatted.
Condition: The corners of the gelatin silver print with pinholes, creases, and minor losses.

N.B. On Apollo 8, men observed the rough hidden side of the Moon for the first time in history. Frank Borman called it a "foreboding horizon" (Apollo 8 air-to-ground transmission). 'The back side is more mountainous than the front side,' observed James Lovell, 'someone said it was like papier-mâché. Well, right, it's all shades of grey. There is no color' (Chaikin, Voices, p. 41). "That was a real thrill. I mean, to suddenly see those mountains... Another world..." said William Anders (Chaikin, Voices, p. 39). The NASA negative numbers are AS8-13-2244 and AS8-14-2453.

Literature: Thomas, p. 159 (second image).
Estimate $500-700


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.

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Kodak, James Lovell, William Anders, Anders, Apollo, Apollo 8, Aviation, Borman, Chromogenic print, Civil awards and decorations of the United States, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, Lovell, NASA, Spaceflight

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