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Auction Description for I.M. Chait: Natural History Auction
Auction Description:
Natural History Auction
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The complete skeleton of an American Duckbill Dinosaur (maiasaura peeblesorum) Two large private collections from Southern California and the East Coast Outstanding Gem Ammonites Two flying dinosaurs (Pterodactyls), one from America and one from Germany A massive Woolly Mammoth tusk A fine selection of natural gold nuggets Ancient Egyptian dynastic artifacts Other fine fossils such as a Saber tooth Cat Skull and a complete Tyrannosaurus foot Martian and lunar specimens Gems; Meteorite jewelry; Zoology and much more
Sale Notes:
Beverly Hills Preview: May 11 - 15 11am - 5pm or by appointment.

Natural History Auction

by I.M. Chait


358 lots with images

May 16, 2010

Live Auction

9330 Civic Center Drive

Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 USA

Phone: +1 (310) 285 0182

Fax: +1 (310) 285 9740

Email: chait@chait.com

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GRUMMAN LUNAR MODULE CONTRACTORS MODEL

Lot 51: GRUMMAN LUNAR MODULE CONTRACTORS MODEL

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Description: GRUMMAN LUNAR MODULE CONTRACTORS MODEL In original condition, with none of the 16 RCS jets missing or replaced. All original fixtures including rendezvous radar dishes, vhf coils, and decals are un-retouched. Kept under glass in low-light conditions since 1982. Actual contractors models in pristine condition with no fading of decals and no replacement parts are exceedingly rare.

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SIGNAL PROCESSOR FROM APOLLO LUNAR MODULE TEST ARTICLE # 13

Lot 52: SIGNAL PROCESSOR FROM APOLLO LUNAR MODULE TEST ARTICLE # 13

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Description: SIGNAL PROCESSOR FROM APOLLO LUNAR MODULE TEST ARTICLE # 13 The LTAs were non-flight Lunar Modules on which construction methods and stress tests were conducted (including the occasional crash test). LTA-3 is probably the unidentified LTA currently on display in Huntsville. LTA-2 was scrapped. LTA-1 (notable for its round forward hatch, through which astronaut Roger Chaffee's square mock-up backpack could not fit, resulting in the subsequently squared off hatch), is on display at Long Island's Cradle of Aviation Museum. This signal processor was used to test the shock-absorbent foam that protected its transistor circuitry. The processor was drop-tested, then dissected to determine whether the components would remain in place within the foam during launch-related "pogo" effects or a hard landing on the moon. Subsequently, the crew-rated Lunar Modules flew with the protective foam. The signal processor panel (from the Peterson collection) is stamped with the designation LTA-3, indicating its part number (LSC 380-00170-40) and serial number (763-0188). See reference in Grumman/NASA Lunar Module Engineering Dynamics Log below.

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GRUMMAN PENLIGHT FLOWN ABOARD SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER, 1983

Lot 53: GRUMMAN PENLIGHT FLOWN ABOARD SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER, 1983

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Description: GRUMMAN PENLIGHT FLOWN ABOARD SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER, 1983 Wings and other Space Shuttle structures were built by Grumman Aerospace, builders of the Apollo Lunar Module. In August 1983, Grumman President George Skurla and V.P. Fred Haise flew scientist-author Charles Pellegrino to Florida for the STS-8 flight of the Challenger. After a Grumman penlight that flew aboard mission STS-8 was given to Pellegrino, it remained always at his side during expeditions until September 1991. It went into underground vaults and archaeological sites with him including tombs in China (1987), Egypt (1988), and the buried city of Thera (1988). It's final expedition was the controversial September 1991 exploration of a tunnel under the Western Wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount. This last expedition is described on Page 289 of Pellegrino's 1994 archaeology book, Return to Sodom and Gomorrah: "The penlight... was badly worn, having been with me on every expedition since its 1983 flight aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. It revealed a long, empty corridor that stretched beyond the range of my search beam into total darkness... I was about to move in for a closer look when my penlight, for the first time in eight years, gave out. I fumbled for and found the spare in my bag, but a voice behind me called, 'Come out, the Arabs know you are here.'" (This was the excavation that, months later, triggered riots and death. The penlight has never worked since.) A minimum of 10% from the sale of this artifact shall be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center. The remainder is dedicated to scientific research and education.

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GRUMMAN/NASA LUNAR MODULE ENGINEERING DYNAMICS LOG - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1964, 1965

Lot 54: GRUMMAN/NASA LUNAR MODULE ENGINEERING DYNAMICS LOG - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1964, 1965

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Description: GRUMMAN/NASA LUNAR MODULE ENGINEERING DYNAMICS LOG - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1964, 1965 Fewer than twenty copies of this file originally existed, each addressed to the individuals who were to receive and study them, including Tom Kelly, Arnold Whitaker, Ross Fleissig, and Ozzie Williams (key Grumman engineers interviewed for Chariots for Apollo). Ozzie Williams is of particular historical noteworthiness and much of the Log deals with the engines he helped to build. He was a chief designer of the LM's Reaction Control System (RCS: the small directional control rockets featured in this file). He was also the first African-American engineer hired by Grumman - a hiring that according to Kelly, Fleissig, and Williams had to be kept secret from GAEC founder Leroy Grumman, a man trapped by his time who had a policy against hiring black people even if they did have engineering skills that were required to stay ahead of the Russians in the space race. Williams thus became the space program's "hidden rocket scientist," always on paper but always kept out of Leroy Grumman's sight. (During the 1980s, he became Vice President of Grumman International). The Log includes many fold-outs - among them, instructions for coding and arming Williams' RCS quads. The documents cover LM development from December 1964 through December 1965 and include initial plans for powered descent to the moon, along with LM test article results (Note that the LM was then called the LEM [for Lunar Excursion Module, until later shortened to LM]). Among the problems encountered during development, as recorded in the Log and covering the spectrum from the mundane ("more meal chits are needed") to the fantastic: A May 17, 1965 entry shows the LM's projected fuel consumption and thrust profile if it should happen that the pilot sees large boulders and other terrain hazards in his path and must vector on final approach to an alternate landing site (as actually occurred with Apollo 11 four years later)... April 27, 1965, LTA-3 (Lunar Module Test Article # 3 [see artifact, above, Signal Processor]) is dedicated to structural testing (including drop testing pieces of electrical equipment to determine shock resistance)... July 16, 1965 expense order for travel of an engineer's son... June 9, 1965 hiring reports... Reports continue with RCS, ascent stage engine, and descent stage engine thrust tests, projections of vehicle and fuel mass ratios, etc., with computer print-outs and hand-written annotations. The entire file was Declassified in 1977.

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APOLLO LUNAR MODULE NAVIGATION, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MANUAL, GRUMMAN - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1966

Lot 55: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE NAVIGATION, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MANUAL, GRUMMAN - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1966

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Description: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE NAVIGATION, GUIDANCE AND CONTROL SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MANUAL, GRUMMAN - CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT, 1966 This is as rare as rare paper gets: The internal Grumman/NASA report was published by Ross Fleissig, in a very limited printing of fewer than forty copies to be circulated "Eyes Only" (owing to cold war concerns about the Russians learning specifics about American progress in this area). Dr. Fleissig was the Project Leader for Space Trajectory, Guidance and Control Systems (the subject of the title). This was Dr. Fleissig's personal copy, signed by him on the front cover and inside cover (in the original historic context of ownership identification only, not as a post-Apollo era autograph). Written in 1966, the report was originally classified and bears the black markings of subsequent Declassified status. This is the only such copy in existence. The report is 43 pages long, with the last page folding out into a long Navigation and Control chart. The paper focuses on the problem of navigation and control during the landing phase of the mission, and then on rendezvous and docking with the Command Module after the Ascent Stage leaves the Lunar surface.

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APOLLO LUNAR MODULE MEETING MINUTES, FEBUARY 1966 - MARCH 1967, GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT APOLLO ENGINEER WORKING COPY

Lot 56: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE MEETING MINUTES, FEBUARY 1966 - MARCH 1967, GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT APOLLO ENGINEER WORKING COPY

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Description: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE MEETING MINUTES, FEBUARY 1966 - MARCH 1967, GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT APOLLO ENGINEER WORKING COPY These are original print-outs in their original binder sheets. Papers in file vary from press-printing, to photocopies and mimeographs. Fold-out charts of experimental results on Lunar Module equipment are included. All wear and tear originates from Apollo era. This volume has been kept in protected environment since 1984. Failure analysis results and meetings with astronauts and concerns expressed by them are recorded: For example, Don Eisele (Apollo 7, 1968), in a May 4 1966 entry - and a November 1, 1966 meeting with astronaut Neil Armstrong who, after following development of the Grumman LM simulator, "mentioned differences in the handling quality of the Gemini in flight versus those [qualities] obtained from ground simulations. Things that never bothered the pilot on the simulator became bothersome in flight." This is the same Grumman simulator that became a key rescue element in the saga of Apollo 13. This volume's pages are signed as received by LM navigation and control specialist Ross Fleissig. Annotations are also included, such as Fleissig's (pre-Armstrong visit) July 25, 1966 comment, "Very Good," in response to recent LM simulator developments. January 13, 1967 entries list system failures, just prior to a complete break-off of recorded meetings that last into March 1967, following the January Apollo 1 fire. This is therefore one of those rare historical time capsules in which a documented silence truly does speak volumes.

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APOLLO LUNAR MODULE DEVELOPMENT FILE: BOUND GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT LETTERS, MAY 1966 - APRIL 1967, CLASSIFIED

Lot 57: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE DEVELOPMENT FILE: BOUND GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT LETTERS, MAY 1966 - APRIL 1967, CLASSIFIED

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Description: APOLLO LUNAR MODULE DEVELOPMENT FILE: BOUND GRUMMAN, NASA, MIT LETTERS, MAY 1966 - APRIL 1967, CLASSIFIED Another extremely rare Grumman Folder, in original binding. MIT materials originated by Tom Kelly ("Father of the LM," featured in Tom Hanks' "Spider" episode of From the Earth to the Moon). This file covers the period through the January 27, 1967 Apollo 1 fire - with numerous notes in pencil by Guidance Systems Manager Ross Fleissig. Stamped and dated pages vary from photocopies and print-outs to carbons and mimeographs. Pages are stamped and receipt is acknowledged by Fleissig's signature. (Note: Dr. Fleissig plays a prominent historical role in Chariots for Apollo, the basis for the "Spider" [Lunar Module] episode of Tom Hanks' From the Earth to the Moon). From cover-to-cover, this is very interesting reading for anyone familiar with the Apollo Lunar Module program. Some of the pages are red-stamped as Classified for twelve years: "This document contains information affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18 U.S.C., Section 793 and 794."

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LM-5 CARR REPORT (APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE), 1968

Lot 58: LM-5 CARR REPORT (APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE), 1968

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Description: LM-5 CARR REPORT (APOLLO 11 LUNAR MODULE), 1968 A June through August 1968 Reliability Assessment Report on LM-5 (Eagle) that is like peering into a time capsule. This is a rare, working chronology covering two months during the construction and testing of (or during the life of) LM-5, one year before this same ship made the first lunar landing. Still in its original Grumman binding, the report contains everything from lists of available spare parts and copies of letters from NASA - through a July 1968 notation about delayed delivery of a lunar surface sensing probe (the rod-like probe that protruded from the bottom of a LM footpad and lit the contact light that told the astronauts and Mission Control when the LM was on the surface - which on July 20, 1969 lit seconds after the fuel indicator showed Armstrong in the "deadman's zone" and about to crash - which led to the call from Houston, "Contact light on... You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again.")... a report of pliers lodged behind a panel in the LM cabin... minutes of meetings... communications regarding equipment and mission launch rules. The volume contains stamps and signatures and annotations by Ross Fleissig, including mathematics worked out by pencil in a page column. Weighing in at approximately four pounds, this was the actual, working copy of Dr. Fleissig, Project Leader for Trajectory and Guidance-Related Equipment.

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CONSTRUCTION LOG FOR LM-5 (APOLLO 11), 1968

Lot 59: CONSTRUCTION LOG FOR LM-5 (APOLLO 11), 1968

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Description: CONSTRUCTION LOG FOR LM-5 (APOLLO 11), 1968 A spring-summer 1968 log of construction and testing of the first ship to land on the moon. The last entry in this volume is dated July 20, 1968, exactly one year to the day from the actual landing. Beyond rare, this volume is the only copy in existence. It contains original handwritten pages, along with a complete record of carbons (and even these are annotated by the engineers), and it remains in its original, pre-bound Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation Log Book cover. From the Peterson collection, this is one of the logs consulted during the writing of Chariots for Apollo. Each page includes a sign-in at the top by the Apollo engineer(s) who wrote it. The log documents a surprisingly high number of bad splices, broken wires, and battery problems, along with descriptions of electrical and control panels that had to be removed from the LM and replaced - all of this consistent with Ross Fleissig's observation that the Lunar Module was a completely battery-operated machine, built during a time in which battery technology was "a black art." Problems with the ship's computer are noted, compounded by difficulties arising from design changes between LM-4 and LM-5 (each was a unique, hand-made machine - resulting in a volume that includes redesigned LM-5 electrical schematics, drawn on the spot, on these pages). Events: Failure of Grumman air conditioning overheats computer. Electrical schematic referencing problem with LM-5's explosive bolts. Especially interesting are sarcastic entries from engineers Newman and Hachette about electrical failures, as on 6/20/68: "What amazes me is that nobody took the care, including NASA and subsystem [crew] to check this out." Master Alarm keeps coming on without cause [a problem that would continue trough the moon landing and almost abort the mission]... "Later, during the evening, as if bad wasn't enough, a technician was walking past the power supply - he accidently turned the supply off and immediately back on [producing spike effects]... The test was terminated at this time and everyone lived happily..." Some of the carbons have additional notes added in red by Apollo engineers working on LM-5, such as the 7/9/68 entry: "Xducer is unacceptable for use as flight hardware." The log has been carefully handled and safely stored since 1982. All signs of wear and tear (including a small doodle on the cover) are original with the Apollo engineers and the construction of LM-5.

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APOLLO OPERATIONS HANDBOOK, LUNAR MODULE, FOR LM-3, LM-7 (APOLLO 9 [1969], APOLLO 13 [1970])

Lot 60: APOLLO OPERATIONS HANDBOOK, LUNAR MODULE, FOR LM-3, LM-7 (APOLLO 9 [1969], APOLLO 13 [1970])

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Description: APOLLO OPERATIONS HANDBOOK, LUNAR MODULE, FOR LM-3, LM-7 (APOLLO 9 [1969], APOLLO 13 [1970]) Each Lunar Module was a hand-made machine, as unique as each Stradivarius violin, and for similar reasons. This book literally comprises part of the owner's manual for LM-3 (Spider) and LM-7 (Aquarius). The manual, in its original binder, contains many fold-out schematics (with oxidized connecting tape removed, 1984). These have been hand-highlighted in different colors and occasionally annotated by Ross Fleissig, the Apollo LM Program's Project Leader for Space Trajectory, Guidance, and Control-System Analysis. Of particular interest are the last sheets, detailing Fleissig's final checklist sequence and its gradual completion - on the Apollo 13 Lunar Module, including items of significance to what was to become the LM Lifeboat: "Install Water Control Module; Install Glare Shields; Install Crewman Optical Alignment Sight." This handbook has been well cared for in a clean, u.v. protected environment since 1983. All signs of wear and tear date to the Apollo program - particularly during the Apollo 13 mission, in which every revision of the hull and other structures that differentiated Aquarius from other LMs needed to be identified and evaluated.

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LUNAR MODULE SUBSYSTEM REFERENCE MANUAL

Lot 61: LUNAR MODULE SUBSYSTEM REFERENCE MANUAL

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Description: LUNAR MODULE SUBSYSTEM REFERENCE MANUAL These printed Grumman manuals were used by newly-recruited engineers to familiarize themselves with details of electrical, fuel, life-support, landing and propulsion systems of the spacecraft. All major and minor parts of the LM are extensively illustrated and labeled throughout - literally, every tube (or pipe), wire, and leg part. A fold-out chart details the 91 week process (or schedule) for assembly and testing of a single Lunar Module, including detailed (illustrated) procedures for each LM in its clean room enclosure, up to and including the packing procedure for flying the LM down to Florida in the world's largest transport plane, The Guppy. Blank pages in the back are labeled for engineers' notes. This particular manual is pristine, with no notations or ownership indicated.

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CHARIOTS FOR APOLLO, 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - SIGNED

Lot 62: CHARIOTS FOR APOLLO, 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - SIGNED

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Description: CHARIOTS FOR APOLLO, 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - SIGNED Author's copy with notes inside front cover referring to typos needing correction for the next edition. This was the first book to bring the Apollo Lunar Module engineers to the public. LM was the world's first true spaceship - meant to fly entirely in space, with no capability for returning through the atmosphere. This is the story of how all of the Apollo artifacts on display here came to be, and of the people who brought them into being.

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APOLLO 13 CHAPTER, ORIGINAL HAND-WRITTEN FIRST DRAFT

Lot 63: APOLLO 13 CHAPTER, ORIGINAL HAND-WRITTEN FIRST DRAFT

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Description: APOLLO 13 CHAPTER, ORIGINAL HAND-WRITTEN FIRST DRAFT The original first draft of Chapter 54 (and part of Chapter 55), written by Charles Pellegrino in January 1984 for Chariots for Apollo (RE: the "Spider" episode, Tom Hanks, From the Earth to the Moon). The book was written in a series of blank notebooks remaindered from Ballantine's 1982 movie tie-in, Jedi Journals ("a special diary for Jedi knights in training") - within a time frame that included Charles Pellegrino's and James Powell's first designs at Brookhaven National Laboratory for the Valkyrie relativistic rocket (which their colleagues had affectionately named, "the Jedi Project" - and hence the pile of blank Jedi Journals). Isaac Asimov (who appears in Chapter 55) was shocked to hear that Pellegrino (one of his favorite authors) wrote all of his first drafts long-hand, as seen in this draft material from Chariots for Apollo. "I've heard of people like that," he said. "But I always thought they came from other planets."

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STYROFOAM COFFEE CUP, CARRIED OUTSIDE SUBMERSIBLE AND COMPRESSED TO SIZE OF A SHOT-GLASS

Lot 64: STYROFOAM COFFEE CUP, CARRIED OUTSIDE SUBMERSIBLE AND COMPRESSED TO SIZE OF A SHOT-GLASS

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Description: STYROFOAM COFFEE CUP, CARRIED OUTSIDE SUBMERSIBLE AND COMPRESSED TO SIZE OF A SHOT-GLASS On the morning this cup was tied outside the Mir-2 submersible, it commemorated an explorer's launch into one of the best days of his life - and yet, when he surfaced near midnight, one of the worst days of his life became the same day. Prior to the dive, the cup was inscribed to commemorate the 13th expedition to the Titanic - which included the filming of James Cameron's Ghosts of the Abyss. This turned out to be a dive that, as Pellegrino recently recalled, "saw too much history, too many ironies" - not only because at home in New York, almost ninety years before, people had no way of learning the fates of missing loved ones at the Titanic, just as Pellegrino, at the Titanic, had no way of finding out the fates of loved ones in New York - but, stranger still, the events echoed certain fictional situations in Pellegrino's and Zebrowski's 1994 novel, The Killing Star, in which a submersible crew surfaced from the Titanic into a world changed utterly by a massive Pearl Harbor style attack. In the novel, the submersible crew traveled from the ruins of the Titanic to the ruins of New York. In the real world, Pellegrino went from studying forensic archaeology at the Titanic to a forensic archaeological investigation in the ruins of New York's World Trade Center. All proceeds from the sale of this cup are dedicated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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THE WORLD'S RAREST COPY OF A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Lot 65: THE WORLD'S RAREST COPY OF A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

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Description: THE WORLD'S RAREST COPY OF A NIGHT TO REMEMBER This illustrated 1978 edition (which was one of a half dozen copies carried aboard the Research Vessel Knorr during the 1985 Ballard expedition that discovered the Titanic), has sailed to the Titanic on three expeditions and actually dove to the wreck twice. All signs of wear and tear are direct results of those expeditions. The three Titanic expedition groups (Ballard, the French, and the Russians) did not get along at all and only a small handful of scientists and historians (including Charles Pellegrino, Roy Cullimore, Tom Dettweiler, and Ken Marschal) have managed to sail with all three expedition groups. Walter Lord's illustrated edition was the most frequently read and referenced Titanic source during the 1985 Ballard expedition. It was used in much the same manner that some biblical archaeologists travel through Egypt and Israel with Bible in-hand, as a guide toward hoped-for archaeological Eurekas. In fact, the photograph on page 120 of Lord's book was used to identify Titanic's boilers when they first showed up on the robot Argo's screens. In 1986, Walter Lord made the first inscription in this copy: "This book has actually sailed with Bob Ballard - which is more than I can say!" A year before the book sailed with Charles Pellegrino on the French expedition to the Titanic, and while the expedition was still being planned (in 1995), a good luck message was added by Millvina Dean, who would eventually become famous as the last Titanic survivor. Pellegrino (who became friends with Dean during their 1994 appearances on Fox News), added his own inscription on-site, during the 1996 expedition. On September 10, 2001, Pellegrino inscribed the book inside Mir-2 submersible: "It sailed with Ballard in 1985. It sailed with me during the 1996 Tulloch expedition... And now... it is with me (my friend Walter [Lord] is with me) in Mir-2, on the officer's quarters/Reception area roof, while Mir-1 and the robot Jake prepare for the rescue of the little robot Elwood, trapped inside the Titanic." The book was stamped, dated, and inscribed in Russian by the submersible's pilot Victor, and by historian and fellow explorer John Broadwater (who was then studying the Civil War submarine Hunley as well as Titanic). A minimum of 10% from the sale of this rarest of Titanic expedition materials shall be donated to the Firefighters Burn Center.

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HER NAME, TITANIC, BRITISH EDITION FIRST PRINTING - INSCRIBED

Lot 66: HER NAME, TITANIC, BRITISH EDITION FIRST PRINTING - INSCRIBED

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Description: HER NAME, TITANIC, BRITISH EDITION FIRST PRINTING - INSCRIBED Rare and unique, still bearing the first edition misprint identifying the Titanic as a "Cunard" liner on the inside front jacket. This book, along with Bob Ballard's Discovery of the Titanic and Walter Lord's A Night to Remember became one of three non-fiction accounts that informed James Cameron's classic, Titanic. The film, in turn, made all three books into international best sellers more than a decade after publication. The illustration opposite page 92 marks one of history's oddest coincidences. A half-copy of the paperback edition of this book was found on top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center's ruins (about September 14, 2001), and ended up on a temporary display by the Port Authority because it showed the Twin Towers and the Titanic's debris trail scaled against the depth of the Atlantic. When a reporter from Baltimore called Pellegrino talking about the similarities between the Titanic and 9-11 disasters ("warnings that were ignored") and asked Pellegrino, "Don't you think that's an amazing coincidence?" Pellegrino said he supposed so, and ended the conversation without telling her that he was at the Titanic when the Towers fell. He still wonders if the copy of Her Name, Titanic might have come from his cousin's office on the 98th floor of the North Tower. If so, it's all that was ever found of her. All proceeds from the sale of this item are dedicated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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DISCOVERY OF THE TITANIC BY ROBERT BALLARD - SIGNED

Lot 67: DISCOVERY OF THE TITANIC BY ROBERT BALLARD - SIGNED

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Description: DISCOVERY OF THE TITANIC BY ROBERT BALLARD - SIGNED A first edition of Ballard's Discovery of the Titanic, signed on an insert card by Robert Ballard and Titanic survivor Louise "Kink" Pope. From Charles Pellegrino's collection. Pellegrino's "downblast and surge cloud effect" is mentioned in steps 9 and 10 in Ken Marschall's illustration of the Titanic's final plunge on page 205, and it is introduced by Ballard on page 206. This is one of three classic books that (along with Walter Lord's A Night to Remember and Pellegrino's Her Name, Titanic) informed James Cameron's film, Titanic. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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COPY OF GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC THAT DOVE TO THE DECKS OF THE TITANIC AS A CORRECTION COPY FOR NEXT EDITION

Lot 68: COPY OF GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC THAT DOVE TO THE DECKS OF THE TITANIC AS A CORRECTION COPY FOR NEXT EDITION

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Description: COPY OF GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC THAT DOVE TO THE DECKS OF THE TITANIC AS A CORRECTION COPY FOR NEXT EDITION A thoroughly unique Titanic item. This is the actual copy of Ghosts of the Titanic that dove with its author, Charles Pellegrino, on September 10, 2001 when he surveyed the bow and stern sections. It was used to make corrections of maps and illustrations for the next edition. The corrections appear in red ink. Most notably, the stern section was revealed to have twisted significantly to starboard after the rudder was deep-hammered into the bed of the Atlantic - indicating that the Titanic's severed stern section was spiraling to starboard, around an aft center of gravity, at the moment of seabed impact. A page opposite the book's Foreword by James Cameron is stamped and dated, in Russian, memorializing the dive. In the front of the book, in the author's handwriting, the following note is inscribed in the same red ink used to make corrections: "Dog-eared correction copy - drawing corrections presently being made aboard Mir-2 - on deck of Titanic, September 10, 2001." Purple stick-it strips used as page markers (which mark the corrections) were left over, and remain in the front of the book (they, too, dove to the Titanic). A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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THE KILLING STAR, LIMITED EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED

Lot 69: THE KILLING STAR, LIMITED EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED

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Description: THE KILLING STAR, LIMITED EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED This is the 1994 novel that Pellegrino recalled when (like its man character) he surfaced from the Titanic at the end of his September 10, 2001 dive into a world that was completely changed. In one of the novel's more hauntingly coincidental passages, Pellegrino and Zebrowski described a tall skyscraper that "began to slip and crash like a giant waterfall." The fictional explorer then sailed from the ruins of the Titanic to the ruins of New York, trying to figure out what happened - just as the real explorer did, seven years after he and Zebrowski wrote the novel. The fictional explorer wished he could escape from the realities all around him, after the last day of the old world, into the archaeology of Edith Russell's stateroom aboard the Titanic - just like Pellegrino, who had been exploring passenger Edith Russell's stateroom when the world changed. Controversy arose over the novel's portrayal of a militaristic messianic figure born from DNA found in an ancient box bearing Jesus' name. During attacks against its co-author Zebrowski - and in spite of immediate sell-out of all copies, numerous award nominations, and a rave review in the New York Times - the novel became one of the rarities in American literature when pulled from the press by its own editor. Copies of the paperback edition alone, in used condition, now start at $80. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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PHOTOS OF ROBERT BALLARD WITH CAMERA SLED

Lot 70: PHOTOS OF ROBERT BALLARD WITH CAMERA SLED "ANGUS" AND ROBOT "ARGO"

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Description: PHOTOS OF ROBERT BALLARD WITH CAMERA SLED "ANGUS" AND ROBOT "ARGO" These are the two machines used during the 1985 discovery of the Titanic. Positive print shows Ballard with Angus and was provided to Pellegrino for use in Her Name, Titanic (it was not included). The original WHOI tag is on the reverse of the photo. The full-size negative is the one actually used in Pellegrino's Her Name, Titanic. This original publication negative shows Ballard with the robot Argo and his father Chet Ballard (a rocket engineer who figures prominently in Her Name, Titanic). The photograph was taken by Pellegrino aboard the Research Vessel Melville, during the November through December 1985 Argo-RISE Expedition to the hydrothermal vents of the Galapagos Rift on the East Pacific Rise. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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DUST, EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED

Lot 71: DUST, EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED

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Description: DUST, EASTON PRESS FIRST EDITION - SIGNED Extremely rare, limited edition of only 900 copies on acid-free museum quality paper, leather bound with 22 carat gold accents, with limited edition publisher's print highlighting the novel's 1997 destruction of the Twin Towers (echoing such recurrent nightmares as the volcanic event illustrated on page 209 of Return to Sodom and Gomorrah [1994] and, on page 295 of The Hidden Epidemic [1992], the possibility of a demented crew in control of a jumbo jet "taking aim at the World Trade Center"). The Titanic and the Apollo engineers also appear (again) in this eco-thriller about nature and the global economy in turmoil after all the honeybees, ants, and fungus gnats die, disrupting global ecosystems from the bottom up. Among the more haunting passages: "Ground Zero was west of Van Dam Street... The sides of the Twin Towers looked much like mowed grass spray painted black... office buildings were still smouldering, their former executives with a look of madness in their eyes... Every new frame of video showed streets of broken glass, overturned trucks, and debris that included smashed tv screens... And the mysterious "shock bubbles," in which certain objects inexplicably survived a tornado, or a plane flying into a mountain... while all around them was total disintegration." The Easten Press Certificate of Authenticity is witnessed by Mary Lee Young, to whom Charles Pellegrino wrote a proposal of Marriage in August 2001, and sent it as a message in a bottle from a research vessel above the Titanic. It was found on a beach in Scotland two years later. (They've been together ever since.)

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ORIGINAL SLIDES OF TITANIC - SIGNED

Lot 72: ORIGINAL SLIDES OF TITANIC - SIGNED

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Description: ORIGINAL SLIDES OF TITANIC - SIGNED Four original slides and three prints from the August - September 1996 French Expedition to the Titanic, with Charles Pellegrino and Roy Cullimore (aboard the "Rusticle Park" expedition). A four frame slide sequence shows patterns of rusticle growth along the edge of the starboard Boat Deck, just aft of the down-blasted wing bridge. The slides bear the original processing marks dated September 1996, from Pellegrino's then hometown of Rockville Centre. Two original photos (of the Boat Deck and rusticle-encrusted rivets) were printed from this set and are included, along with a print of microbially-and-invertebrate-ravaged wood recovered from the Titanic's debris field. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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ORIGINAL PHOTO OF THE TITANIC'S DEBRIS FIELD FROM FIRST BALLARD EXPEDITION - SIGNED

Lot 73: ORIGINAL PHOTO OF THE TITANIC'S DEBRIS FIELD FROM FIRST BALLARD EXPEDITION - SIGNED

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Description: ORIGINAL PHOTO OF THE TITANIC'S DEBRIS FIELD FROM FIRST BALLARD EXPEDITION - SIGNED This original reconnaissance photo of a mysteriously untarnished silver tray in the Titanic's debris field is also the actual print used in Charles Pellegrino's book, Her Name, Titanic. Publisher's original reduction marks and printing instructions are in borders, and publisher's original job tag is still attached. The photo was inscribed on May 20, 1995 by Millvina Dean, who was eventually to go down in history as the last Titanic survivor. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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ORIGINAL NEWS POOL TAPE FROM THE FIRST BALLARD LANDINGS ON THE TITANIC, 1986

Lot 74: ORIGINAL NEWS POOL TAPE FROM THE FIRST BALLARD LANDINGS ON THE TITANIC, 1986

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Description: ORIGINAL NEWS POOL TAPE FROM THE FIRST BALLARD LANDINGS ON THE TITANIC, 1986 This large format Videotape was released to the networks directly from the Ballard Expedition on July 18, 1986. It was Dr. Pellegrino's personal copy and it bears his name (and old Rockville Centre phone number) and Dr. Ballard's as well as the original Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution insignia. An exceedingly rare artifact from the first expedition to actually land on the Titanic. It's origin - in the days before instant global satellite communication on the high seas - was described in chapter 28 (Rendezvous) of Pellegrino's Her Name, Titanic: "Near the end of the first week, three minutes of footage were excerpted from thirty hours of videotape and made available... Someone would have to physically come out to the middle of the ocean to pick up the released film... A helicopter came out from St Johns Newfoundland. The networks dubbed it their pool chopper, because it was hired through pooled money... For three minutes of videotape... the media paid $45,000 - and that only covered the flight between St Johns and [the support ship] Ortolon." A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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1996 TITANIC EXPEDITION RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED

Lot 75: 1996 TITANIC EXPEDITION RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED

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Description: 1996 TITANIC EXPEDITION RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED This was the "Rusticle Park" expedition, a French-Canadian-American expedition, with Roy Cullimore and Charles Pellegrino focusing much of their attention on the bio-archaeology of the Titanic. This was the expedition that revealed the rusticles to be, not mere "rust-icicles," but an interconnected microbial consortium that was turning the Titanic's 400-foot-long bow section into a living reef. This was the expedition during which rusticles were discovered to be able to record the pulse of certain changes in the ocean, including the zooplankton crisis and carbon dioxide increases arising as an artifact of over-fishing (a further and perhaps major contributor to greenhouse warming). Spectacular video close-ups along the length of the ship, and of associated wildlife, with observations recorded by Roy Cullimore. Dr. Cullimore's narrative notes to himself qualify him as the most poetic voice to go into the deep since Cousteau. (End of recording includes lab experiments, including first culture of rusticles in the laboratory.) A minimum of 10% of the proceeds from this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center. Not for broadcast or duplication. This program may be used for private home and non-profit educational purposes. All rights reserved.

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1998 TITANIC EXPEDITION, RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED

Lot 76: 1998 TITANIC EXPEDITION, RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED

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Description: 1998 TITANIC EXPEDITION, RAW FOOTAGE AND AUDIO - SIGNED This was the 1998 French-American-Canadian expedition - with the first test of high-resolution, live broadcast capability using the robot Magellan and a fiber-optic link. This deep-ocean robot was operated from a Control Van on the support ship, 2.5 miles above the Titanic. It differed from the ancestral (1985) robot Argo in having much higher resolution, prototype sampling capability, and its own independent thrusters, so that it could maneuver effectively around the ship. Tom Dettweiler, one of Argo's designers, also designed and operated Magellan. Notably, the conversations in the Control Van differ greatly (and in interesting ways) from Roy Cullimore's 1996 audio inside the submersible. The viewer becomes a "fly on the wall," looking over the shoulders of the scientists and engineers and into the Titanic. Unedited, in real-time. This two-disc sample represents a portion of the extensive bow section reconnaissance that was used to map Pellegrino's downblast effects and to provide Roy Cullimore with detailed data to continue charting the year-by-year rusticle-induced deterioration of Titanic's steel. Sites visited include (Disk A) the Officer's Quarters, the Marconi Shack, the elevator suspension housing, the Grand Stairway cavity, the davit for Boat A, ruins of the Bridge (note deep-ocean wildlife drifting by as the foredeck comes out of the gloom suddenly into sharp focus), the point bow, debris field near the bow section, robot malfunction crisis, discovery of "molding" (really a piece of leather from one of Titanic's expansion joints) - (Disk B), starboard bow, windows of the Officers' Quarters, and the gymnasium (interior view through fallen roof). A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center. Not for broadcast or duplication. This program may be used for private home viewing and non-profit educational purposes. All rights reserved.

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SOS TITANIC, 1996 DEMO EDIT, 90 MINUTES - SIGNED

Lot 77: SOS TITANIC, 1996 DEMO EDIT, 90 MINUTES - SIGNED

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Description: SOS TITANIC, 1996 DEMO EDIT, 90 MINUTES - SIGNED This extensively re-edited version of a 3 hour 1978 film began as a discussion between Walter Lord (A Night to Remember), Bill MacQuitty (Producer of the film, A Night to Remember), and Charles Pellegrino (Her Name, Titanic, Ghosts of the Abyss). The subject: a 1978 film that had led one reviewer to write, "The Titanic sinks in another British-American collaboration. This time there were no survivors." Pellegrino insisted that within the failed film there were about seventy-five minutes of brilliance; but that it "appeared to have been shot and edited by a genius and an idiot." Working with the Canadian producers of the children's CGI programs Reboot and Beast Wars, Pellegrino re-edited SOS Titanic into a 1996 Demonstration Copy for television. Upon viewing this version, MacQuitty and Lord agreed that properly edited, there was indeed a very good film hidden in the 1978 disaster that neither of them had previously perceived. Prior to the Cameron classic, Lord said that at last there existed a film that "almost" came up to the standard of A Night to Remember. This film was ready for final production when the project was eclipsed and killed by another film - not by James Cameron's Titanic, but by a Hallmark television "quickie" of the same title. The Demo is bracketed at the beginning and the end with actual footage from the submersibles Mir-1 and Nautile. Mainframe effects are interspersed throughout with actual 1912 footage of Captain Smith and the Titanic (with occasional stand-ins by Titanic's sister ship Olympic and the Queen Mary). Fictional events have been removed from the 1978 version and the sequence of incidents has been completely re-edited to reflect historical reality. The Demo reflects the same, minor 1996-era pixalation as contemporary Demo edits of James Cameron's early cuts of Titanic. In this version, David Warner plays Lawrence Beesley, becoming the only actor to sail on the Titanic twice (he played the insufferable Mr. Lovejoy in James Cameron's Titanic). Bonus material includes The Early Show and CBS Sunday Morning visiting with Pellegrino and the Titanic. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center. Not for broadcast or duplication. This program may only be used for private home viewing and non-profit educational purposes. All rights reserved.

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RUSTICLE-ENCROACHED SAMPLE (FOSSILIZED) FROM TITANIC HULL

Lot 78: RUSTICLE-ENCROACHED SAMPLE (FOSSILIZED) FROM TITANIC HULL "CRACKAGE"

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Description: RUSTICLE-ENCROACHED SAMPLE (FOSSILIZED) FROM TITANIC HULL "CRACKAGE" This hull sample has experienced almost complete bio-absorption of steel and sulfur by the rusticle consortium - which, paradoxically, has preserved the piece from all further oxidation and decay. (NOTE: Sample has been sterilized.) The hull piece has been identified as having fallen away as "crackage" from the region where the first major crack (leading up to the break-away of the stern section) went down from the aft expansion joint through Walter Douglas' port-side stateroom C-86. Between 1:30 and 1:45 AM, about a half hour before the actual break occurred, Chief Baker Charles Joughin (one of the true heroes of the night) made a brief return to his quarters two decks below Walter Douglas' stateroom and discovered that water was already leaking into his bunk room, evidently through a hairline crack in the wall (his porthole was already about 6 - 10 feet below water). When the ship finally broke in two, the forces exerted on the steel (locally) reached a significant fraction of the energy released by a low yield tactical nuclear weapon. A semi-circular crater in one corner of this sample records an energy sufficient to pop a rivet completely away from the hull. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item shall be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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ROPE SAMPLE FROM TITANIC'S #8 DAVIT BIT

Lot 79: ROPE SAMPLE FROM TITANIC'S #8 DAVIT BIT

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Description: ROPE SAMPLE FROM TITANIC'S #8 DAVIT BIT This is a fossil impression of rope - in which original rope strands became imbedded - found inside rusticle formations growing around the davit bit that was used to lower the #8 lifeboat. The natural mineralization process (which was found to include the bacterially induced formation of opal) by the rusticles has fossilized the rope strands and protects them against further decay. The davit bit was part of a study in deep-ocean micribial and invertebrate reef formation, and was cleaned and oiled for a return to the Titanic on the morning of September 11, 2001 (as described on page 380 of Charles Pellegrino's Ghosts of Vesuvius). Literally as the 9-11 attacks were taking place, the davit bit was being returned to the Boat # 8 location on the Titanic's port side Boat Deck. The #8 lifeboat was the location where Mrs. Straus stepped away to join her husband, and where the band played as Captain Smith ordered #8 to row (with the Countess Rothes at the tiller) toward the lights of a possible rescue ship that floated agonizingly near, and seemed to be ignoring Titanic's distress rockets. A minimum of 10% from the sale of this item shall be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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SAMPLE FROM RAILING AT TITANIC'S #8 LIFEBOAT DAVIT

Lot 80: SAMPLE FROM RAILING AT TITANIC'S #8 LIFEBOAT DAVIT

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Description: SAMPLE FROM RAILING AT TITANIC'S #8 LIFEBOAT DAVIT This sample is preserved against further deterioration by complete rusticle encroachment and fossilization. The two-piece sample set includes the rusticle that was hanging down from the rail along with the biologically-replaced, or "rusticleized" material within the railing itself (now crystalized, in the manner of dinosaur bones). The rusticles were discovered by Drs. Pellegrino, Cullimore, and Johnston to be a complex biological consortium with an interconnected circulatory system and immune system. They are gradually converting the Titanic's 400-foot-long bow section into one of the largest living organisms on Earth. The Number 8 Lifeboat railing is particularly significant. The Titanic's band played near this location. This is also where Mrs Isador Strauss gave her maid Ellen Bird her fur coat, saying she would not be needing it, then stepped away from the boat and joined her husband behind the rail, saying, "Where you go, I go." A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this item shall be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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WALLET AND CONTENTS: ABOARD THE SUBMERSIBLE MIR-2 FOR TWO TITANIC DIVES, 2001

Lot 81: WALLET AND CONTENTS: ABOARD THE SUBMERSIBLE MIR-2 FOR TWO TITANIC DIVES, 2001

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Description: WALLET AND CONTENTS: ABOARD THE SUBMERSIBLE MIR-2 FOR TWO TITANIC DIVES, 2001 Charles Pellegrino always carried a "dummy wallet" in his back pocket, with $20 for potential muggers, along with expired credit cards. This wallet, including all of its contents, dove with Pellegrino to the Titanic on September 10 and September 22, 2001, touring the bow and stern sections. The American Express card became, perhaps, the ultimate realization of the company's advertizing phrase, "Don't leave home without it." This was the card's second voyage to the Titanic, for it was present in Pellegrino's "real" wallet as an active card when he sailed with Roy Cullimore in 1996, aboard the Research Vessel Ocean Voyager (now on the bottom of the sea, along with nearly half of the other ships Pellegrino has sailed aboard). The wallet remained in Pellegrino's back pocket when he returned to New York in October 2001 and when his work shifted from forensic archaeology at the Titanic to forensic archaeology at the World Trade Center. At sea, in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, Pellegrino learned that a family member was missing. At the Titanic, he was living the reverse of what people at the White Star offices (near the World Trade Center) had experienced in 1912, when families in New York had struggled to learn what had happened to family members reported missing at the Titanic. After the "reversal," the wallet and contents went inside Ground Zero throughout the remainder of 2001 and much of 2002. This is one of the few physical objects that bridges both investigations - and, it might be said, bridges both events. A minimum of 10% from the sale of this item shall be dedicated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FROM THE 2001 TITANIC EXPEDITION

Lot 82: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FROM THE 2001 TITANIC EXPEDITION

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Description: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE FROM THE 2001 TITANIC EXPEDITION This set includes the original covering letter that made the voyage, launched from the Titanic site August 29, 2001 and found May 12, 2003 by Gerard Dillane on Hran Island. The set also includes the original letter from Gerard Dillane, along with a copy of the letter that traveled with the covering letter, and which was forwarded by Dillane to the woman in New York to whom Pellegrino - in another message in a bottle from the same expedition - proposed marriage. (The proposal was received a year later, and accepted.) The reverse side of the letter from the bottle includes a map of the Titanic site in Russian characters, with the coordinates of the letter's send-off point (2.5 miles above the Titanic's stern) noted: 41deg 43' 35"N, 49deg 59' 00" W. The messages in bottles began as an experiment when the research vessel was unexpectedly cut off from Email contact with the world early in the expedition. In the covering letter, Pellegrino wrote: "We can dive to the bottom of the sea in submersibles and we can talk through water 2.5 miles deep, but a satellite glitch prevents us from receiving Emails, or making phone calls [home] to New York City." The experiment - which became a source of headlines in Europe ("Letters from Titanic Washed Ashore") - is described in Pellegrino's book, Ghosts of Vesuvius: A new Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections, Pages 303-306 and Page 459. A minimum of 10% from the proceeds of this Item will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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CHARLES PELLEGRINO'S X-FILES - SIGNED

Lot 83: CHARLES PELLEGRINO'S X-FILES - SIGNED

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Description: CHARLES PELLEGRINO'S X-FILES - SIGNED Two strange encounters: 1) On the evening of September 22, 2001, the submersible Mir-1 had lifted off from the Titanic's deck and Mir-2 waited alone near the ruins of the starboard wing bridge. Forty-five minutes later, as Mir-2 was preparing for lift-off, a bright object appeared above the forward well deck, within fifty meters of Mir-2. It was bright enough to cast shadows on Titanic's decks - bright enough to be mistaken for another submersible's flood-lamps. As Pellegrino panned a high-def camera in the direction of the lights, he could be heard on the DV saying, "Mir-1, what are you still doing here? I thought you left. Go away." Mir-1 had indeed left nearly three quarters of an hour before, and was headed for the surface, 2.5 miles overhead (and the Medusa light system was not in the water). If not a machine from the expedition, the "USO" was consistent with certain deep-ocean invertebrates seen near the Titanic that appeared to stun predators and prey with astonishingly bright bioluminescent lights - among them, the still unidentified "flashing Milk Duds," so-named because they were the size, shape, and color of Milk Duds, until they emitted painful flashes. 2) During an interview at the Johnson Space Center about the Mir Space Station missions, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko began talking unexpectedly about an object he witnessed from the space station that he described as a spacecraft, "but not built by us." Pellegrino was later reprimanded for possibly insulting Yuri by questioning him in depth; but Yuri understood that a scientist's job was to question everything, trying to explain it away with doubt, and see what remains. Yuri's account remains the only such report that Pellegrino considers, "Unexplained... from a credible observer, and somewhat compelling." It is recorded on one of the tapes that was with Pellegrino at the Titanic (in Mir-2) during the September 22, 2001 event (the audiotape would have been used for note-taking if the videocam failed). The tape actually went from being in the presence of a Russian cosmonaut's UFO report to from outer space to being in the presence of a "USO" incident in inner space. Not for broadcast or duplication. These recordings may be used for private home and non-profit educational purposes. All rights reserved.

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GHOSTS OF VESUVISUS/AMERICAN VESUVIUS SET - SIGNED

Lot 84: GHOSTS OF VESUVISUS/AMERICAN VESUVIUS SET - SIGNED

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Description: GHOSTS OF VESUVISUS/AMERICAN VESUVIUS SET - SIGNED The film and book about a study of "volcano physics" at Pompeii that led back to the Titanic and then (from a 2001 Titanic expedition interrupted) to a study of the same physics in the ruins of the World Trade Center. "A stunning and magical alchemy of science, philosophy, bible study, and brilliantly detailed on-the-scene reporting," wrote Publisher's Weekly. "Pellegrino's book moves effortlessly from the sweeping grandeur of infinite time and space to the briefest moment in the lives of ordinary men." New Scientist called it "Compelling and bold." In a rare collaboration, the two hour History Channel feature (American Vesuvius) was filmed by the same National Geographic team that filmed inside 9-11. Proceeds from this sale will be donated to the Firefighter's Burn Center.

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THE ORIGIN OF JURASSIC PARK - SIGNED

Lot 85: THE ORIGIN OF JURASSIC PARK - SIGNED

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Description: THE ORIGIN OF JURASSIC PARK - SIGNED The Christmas 1985 issue of OMNI Magazine saw the first widely publicized reveal of Charles Pellegrino's "dinosaur cloning" recipe. This is the same recipe that in 1982 brought Pellegrino into the cross hairs of anti-Darwin religious Creationists in New Zealand and forced him to retreat to the United States. This is the article that Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg read - which directly inspired Jurassic Park. In the ten year anniversary issue (also included in this set), Pellegrino noted that when the theory finally became public in late 1985, no one seemed to notice. "I wonder if anyone except Michael Crichton ever read my 'Dinosaur Capsule' article," he wrote. "But he was enough." (Viewers of the first Jurassic Park film will notice the reference to the now extinct OMNI Magazine.) The key item in this set is a draft page for Pellegrino's original OMNI article, dating from 1982. Written entirely in longhand, in pencil, the page contains several sentences that went into te article, along with notes in the margins about future enabling technologies (including terabit computers) - which he estimated were 30 years in the future. Notes for the original recipe for bio-morphing an ostrich genome into the genome of a dinosaur recovered from flesh-feeding flies in amber appear on this page, along with the phrase, in specific reference to a 95 million-year-old fly with flesh in its mandibles: "Might hold the key to the eventual resurrection of dinosaurs." Doodles appear in the left margin and at the top of the page - most notably (top center) a sketch of magnetic field lines thrusting particles in an early concept of the Valkyrie rocket engine. This set also includes copies of letters from the Smithsonian referencing a "recalcitrant California critic" who had referred to chapters in Pellegrino's first two books as evidence that Pellegrino was a "madman" whose "paleo-DNA theories" should be doubted as much as his "Enceladus theory." The referenced chapters (about primordial carbonaceous asteroids) laid out the case for liquid water inside certain moons of Jupiter and Saturn including Enceladus and Titan (recently confirmed beyond all reasonable dispute as a fact). Paleo-DNA analyses in the fields of archaeology and paleontology have long since become established science.

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PLATINUM COLLECTION

Lot 86: PLATINUM COLLECTION

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Description: PLATINUM COLLECTION Konder, Far Eastern Russia Platinum is more precious than gold, and natural platinum nuggets are extremely rare. Only two locations in the world produce platinum in any significant quantity (South Africa and Russia); in these deposits the platinum is microscopically bound with other minerals and ore's thus never seen during the extraction process. Even when rarely found in its 'native state' most platinum occurs as very small grains and flakes.. Occasionally, however, miners will sift through the extracted ore by hand and discover treasures such as the four pieces offered here. They total 12g and each exhibits the attractive silver/gray color of the metal; one shows good evidence of the crystal habit; and the largest, a dense mass of metal, boasts a heavily textured surface providing attractive metallic highlights on a black ground, and measures 5/8 inches long.

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GOLD NUGGET

Lot 87: GOLD NUGGET

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Description: GOLD NUGGET Kalgoorlie, Western Australia From Eons of erosion and exposure to the elements way out in the Outback, gold nuggets such as these are buffeted around in the streams before receiving a fine burnished finish from the sun and the desert sand. The lovely smooth surface of this nugget is still lightly and attractively pitted and has a curious aperture at one end with a hint of the red and quartz of the host limonite, 2 1/8 x 1 1/8 x 1/2 inches, weighing 814.5 Ct. (5.75oz).

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GOLD WITH STRAWBERRY QUARTZ

Lot 88: GOLD WITH STRAWBERRY QUARTZ

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Description: GOLD WITH STRAWBERRY QUARTZ Ararat, Victoria, Australia This large and lively native gold specimen has a fantastically "Hackly" coral like form, as though it were sheets of gold leaf, crumpled and pressed around a profusion of small "strawberry" quartz crystals. The minerals both formed in the host limonite, whence the quartz takes its pinkish red blush, providing great aesthetic contrast to the bright yellow gold, 3 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches, weighing 1,902 Ct. (13.41oz).

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FINE NATIVE GOLD

Lot 89: FINE NATIVE GOLD

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Description: FINE NATIVE GOLD Dunolly, Central Victoria Australia is renowned for producing some of the finest and largest gold nuggets in the world, of a lovely yellow color, with high karat content and wonderful, whimsical forms. This specimen perfectly exemplifies that reputation, of a beautiful delicate appearance in which, as one turns it, one sees animals and faces; lovely contrast is provided by the many raised areas rubbed smooth by water tumbling, and the protected depressions and crevices with naturally dimpled surfaces - 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 3/4 inches, 771 Ct. (5.44oz).

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LARGE GOLD NUGGET

Lot 90: LARGE GOLD NUGGET

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Description: LARGE GOLD NUGGET Paraburdoo, north Western Australia This gorgeous nugget has it all: huge size, bright color, lovely smooth burnished surfaces, deep depressions and caves, the protected areas with a delicate-looking brittle texture like crushed gold leaf. Of a fascinating folded, twisted form it is attractive and evocative from any aspect, 4 5/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 inches, 5,965 Ct. (42.08oz).

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CRYSTALLIZED GOLD NUGGET

Lot 91: CRYSTALLIZED GOLD NUGGET

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Description: CRYSTALLIZED GOLD NUGGET Icarabu, Venezuela Ex: Roraima Shield Collection This gorgeous nugget has a lovely orange gold color and rubbed smooth surfaces with the appearance of expensive folded plasticine. Deep inside the nugget, however, one can see evidence of the fascinating rib-like crystal structure, protected from the tumbling water erosion that has burnished the outer faces. The Roraima Shield Collection was built by Jack Carson and Roger LaRochelle and when auctioned off in 2007 comprised the most important auction sale of gold mineral specimens in history. This piece perfectly demonstrates why the collection was held in such high esteem and measures 1 3/4 x 1 x 1 inches, 589.5ct (4.16oz).

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FINE NATIVE COPPER CRYSTALS

Lot 92: FINE NATIVE COPPER CRYSTALS

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Description: FINE NATIVE COPPER CRYSTALS Central Mine, Houghton, Michigan Ex: Cranbrook Institute of Science, Clarke Collections This superb specimen is a fine example of the octahedral twinning habit characteristic of copper crystals. Of excellent tree-like form, it boasts a deep dark red-brown color; although not as immediately dazzling as gold or silver, copper has if anything been even more significant than those two precious metals in the advance of human culture; it was the adoption of this metal as a raw material for a wide variety of uses that launched our ancestors from the Stone Age into the Bronze Age and today it continues to be an essential component of a wide variety of industrial, biochemical, electrical and household applications. A first-class specimen with excellent provenance, it stands 2 inches high on a perspex display base.

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PYRITE CRYSTAL PAIR ON MATRIX

Lot 93: PYRITE CRYSTAL PAIR ON MATRIX

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Description: PYRITE CRYSTAL PAIR ON MATRIX Navajún, La Rioja province, Spain Crystals of the iron sulphide pyrite are amongst the strangest-looking to be found in the natural world. Their cubic habit makes for fascinating specimens, with smooth reflective faces like man-made silvery cubes. This uncanny natural sculpture boasts two such crystals, one growing from the corner of the other, partially embedded in the host matrix rock, from which three further tiny crystals are starting to extrude.

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PAIR OF AGATE SLICES

Lot 94: PAIR OF AGATE SLICES

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Description: PAIR OF AGATE SLICES Brazil Of elegant slender form, these highly polished agate slices are a matching adjacent pair from the same geode. They boast a lovely dotted patterning of orange-brown in clear quartz, which glows warmly when lit from behind. Presented on lacquered wooden display bases, each stands 15 1/8 inches high.

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IMPRESSIVE QUARTZ POINT

Lot 95: IMPRESSIVE QUARTZ POINT

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Description: IMPRESSIVE QUARTZ POINT Brazil The natural clarity of this striking piece allows one a fascinating view of the network of planes and crystal growth within the well-terminated point. Dotted with dramatic areas of brilliant rainbow flashes and contrasting red ferrous inclusions it is perfect either for the collector or for the connoisseur of unusual décor, 28 3/8 inches high.

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TRIO OF QUARTZ POINTS

Lot 96: TRIO OF QUARTZ POINTS

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Description: TRIO OF QUARTZ POINTS Brazil Rock crystal quartz is a mineral that provides endless fascination as one gazes into its clear interior to contemplate the infinite variety of planes and clouds of crystal growth. Such is the case with these two non-identical points, each bursting into dazzling life when placed in direct lighting; one is slightly wider than the other, with increased clarity near the point, and the largest stands 19 inches high.

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QUARTZ POINT CLUSTER

Lot 97: QUARTZ POINT CLUSTER

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Description: QUARTZ POINT CLUSTER Brazil This dramatic grouping comprises a natural cluster of upward-thrusting terminated quartz points heading off in every direction. The crystals display fine clarity and spring to dazzling life under almost any direct lighting conditions, revealing the myriad varieties of the mineral's growth habit, 11 3/4 x 9 x 7 1/2 inches.

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TIGER IRON SLAB

Lot 98: TIGER IRON SLAB

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Description: TIGER IRON SLAB Western Australia This beautiful polished slice of banded tiger iron ripples with characteristic brown, black and rust-red, highlighted by shimmering gold flashes. The tiger's eye, red jasper, hematite and stromatolite that produce these colors have been forced inexorably together over millions of years, the ripple effect testament to imperceptible yet inexorable movement over an almost unaccountable amount of time. The result is one of nature's most beautiful pieces of abstract art and of roughly triangular form, this fine example measures 22 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches.

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BOULDER OPAL PAIR

Lot 99: BOULDER OPAL PAIR

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Description: BOULDER OPAL PAIR Quilpe, Queensland, Australia Boulder is a term to describe a type of opal that is found in the outback of Queensland, Australia. In this area of Australia it occurs in a variety of sizes but only a very small percentage is found containing true gem opal. Typically when boulder opal is found it contains only potch, which is opal with no play of color. Boulders are made of ironstone and are generally round or ellipsoidal in shape. The boulder host rocks are formed by iron-rich chemical weathering during the sedimentary deposition of the vast desert sandstones. Shrinkage cracks along with other types of cavities and porosity traps in the iron-rich sandstones were filled with silica laden fluids during the alteration and silicification process. Over a long period of time the silica rich fluids penetrated the boulders. As the ironstone hardens over time, the silica remains trapped in the boulder while the water slowly leaches out. The silica that was trapped then began the slow process of becoming opal. These boulder specimens presented here are part of an enormous boulder that originally weighed over 120 pounds and contained what could be called a "pool" of pure gem opal inside which was nearly 2 inches thick. These two pieces, which fit together, are from the outer part of the boulder and display a beautiful example of gem opal, showing primarily green and blue with hints of many other colors and each measure approximately 11 1/2 inches across.

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RAINBOW OBSIDIAN FREEFORM

Lot 100: RAINBOW OBSIDIAN FREEFORM

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Description: RAINBOW OBSIDIAN FREEFORM Mexico Rainbow obsidian is a form of silica glass, renowned for the lamellar crystallites within that manifest themselves in swirling bands of color. This beautiful polished specimen has been artfully carved to create an outlined shape from the natural green, yellow, purple and blue banding, appropriately reminiscent of an Aztec design - 12 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 3 inches.

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