Apollo 13 checklist by Commander James Lovell sold at Heritage Auction for $388,375

By on Dec 1, 2011 in Astronomy, Lifestyle Comments

The Apollo 13 checklist that was used by Commander James Lovell to guide his crew in 1970 was recently sold at Heritage Auction for $388,375.


Apollo 13 checklist (Click Image To Enlarge)
Image Credit: HA.com

As noted at SpaceRef.com on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, the Apollo 13 checklist was sold that day to an anonymous East Coast collector with the said price including the 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

According to the report, it was highest price ever realized for an Apollo Space Program memorabilia that did not make it to the moon’s surface, which was estimated to be sold between $25,000 and $30,000.

“This little booklet is a powerful reminder of a great American story that was not only a great American moment, but also triumphant moment for the world,” Heritage Auctions Senior Historian Michael Riley was quoted on their official website early last week when the item was announced for auction.

“Without this the Apollo 13 crew would not have known their position in space. It helped create the greatest successful failure in the history of space exploration.” Riley added.

Based on the listing at HA.com, the historical Apollo 13 notebook is an 8″ x 6″ checklist is composed of seventy pages printed on light cardstock, three hole-punched and held together by binder rings.

The front page of the Apollo 13 checklist has a handwritten change date of “4-3-70”, which is eight days before its launch, with Commander James Lovell writing a note on a blue Post-it stressing out its purpose.

The Apollo 13 space mission was launched on April 11, 1970 and intended to land on the moon. The two other astronauts were Fred W. Haise and John “Jack” Swigert, who replaced Ken Mattingly due to illness.

However, the space mission had to be aborted two days later after an oxygen tank exploded and returned back to Earth safely on April 17. No one was hurt.

Back in 1995, a movie titled “Apollo 13” with a tagline “Houston, we have a problem” was released, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as James Lovell.

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