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3048M Marlborough
November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Pete Conrad (American, 1930-1999)

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


Pete Conrad (American, 1930-1999)
Alan Bean with the reflection of the photographer in his visor, EVA 2, Apollo 12, November 1969. Numbered 'NASA AS12-49-7278' (NASA MSC) in black ink on the recto u.l. margin. Vintage gelatin silver print, image size 7 3/8 x 7 1/4 in. (18.5 x 18.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. Pete Conrad took this photograph near Sharp Crater. His full body is reflected in sharp detail in Alan Bean's visor in this celebrated picture that has also been described as the first self-portrait on the Moon (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060121.html). Alan Bean holds a container of lunar soil in his right hand. His Hasselblad camera is mounted on the control unit on his chest. 'I can remember running along and looking up at the Earth,' noted Bean. 'That's when it would really hit me that we were on the Moon. And I would say, This is the Moon; that's the Earth. I'm really here. And then I would say, I've got to quit doing this... because when I'm doing this, I'm not looking for rocks' (Chaikin, Voices, p. 99).

Literature: Light, plate 69; Schick and Van Haaften, p. 46; Hope, p. 21; Jacobs, p. 14.
Estimate $700-900

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hasselblad, B. Pete Conrad, Van Haaften, Schick Haaften