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Edward White (American, 1930-1967) or James A. McDivitt (American, b. 1929)

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
38
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$1,353$1,100

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

Description:

Edward White (American, 1930-1967) or James A. McDivitt (American, b. 1929)
The limb of the Earth, Gemini 4, June 1965. Numbered 'NASA S-65-34771' (NASA MSC) in black on the recto l.l. margin, NASA MSC caption on the verso. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 x 7 in. (17.5 x 17.5 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Scattered fingerprints on image surface.

N.B. This view of the limb (Earth's outer edge of brightness) was taken as the spacecraft approached the daylight side of the Earth (NASA caption). Les Gaver, former photography director, Public Affairs, NASA, described the view: "Here you can see the 50-mile depth of the atmosphere. It shows you where the air ends; above that is a vacuum. That is beautiful. You can see how fragile the Earth is, with that thin layer around us to protect us from ultraviolet light' (Schick and Van Haaften, p. 56).
Estimate $600-800

The fingerprints are visible in raking light. Minor wear to corners, crease in margin c.r.


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, Edward White, James A. McDivitt, Van Haaften, Les Gaver, Schick Haaften, Extravehicular activity, Gemini 4, Human spaceflight, James McDivitt, NASA, Outer space, Project Gemini, Spaceflight

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