1965 BORMAN LOVELL gemini astronaut renaissance oil painting mcm vtg apollo nasa For Sale
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1965 BORMAN LOVELL gemini astronaut renaissance oil painting mcm vtg apollo nasa:
~ a superior Renaissance-inspiredtriangular composition ~
George Mathis (1909-1977)
Gemini VIIwith Frank Borman & James Lovell. December 4, 1965. Their maiden flight, detach, space-pivot & station-keep. A historic maneuver and likely the first timethese 'first men to the moon' appear in space. Titled "CLOSE LOOK", it appears to have been painted LIVE for next-day media distribution: included is Aerojet's original 1965 press release. Oil on plywood and signed "A TINKER", Mathis' humorous pseudonym. Large& impressive at about 4ftby 3ft.
$4,500,000.00 US ($4.5mil.)
Of"Houston, we've had a problem" and mission to the moon fame, Borman & Lovell are immortal: first to leave this planet and first to reach the moon. And now (with the discovery of this painting) itwould appear that it wasGeorge Mathis who wasfirst to capture their first appearance in space.
The original frame was almost-certainly constructed and painted by Mathis so it also has historic value. It is aged and comes apart easily at the corners so it will be shipped in 4 pieces for reassembling. The painting deservesa grander frame.
Born justdays apart (March of 1928), Happy 91st Birthday! to both astronauts.Andbe sure tovisit our store where we are currently offering a nice selection of hugely important and historically significant pieces of Art. A five pound sterling silver "Bug Basket" from Buckingham Palace, the most-prized possession of the last reigning monarch of The Kingdom of Hawai'i, an artifact from The White House and Porcellian Club (the birthplace of Facebook), an authentic Witch coven's serving charger and an 1885 New York City "Sitting Bull" Cigar Store Indian are but a few of our most interesting pieces.
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