RR Auction: Science and Technology Auction

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Featuring over 300 lots, RR Auction is proud to present our December Science & Technology auction. The highlight of the sale is the 1924 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to Manne Siegbahn for his discoveries and research in X-ray spectroscopy. Other standout items are an A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission; important letters from James Watt, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, and Werner Heisenberg; a Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs; a mathematical journal owned and signed by John Nash; a highly desirable autograph of Isaac Newton; and material chronicling the history of early aviation. From physics and chemistry to space exploration and beyond, these incredible items tell the story of our shared heritage of innovation.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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Louis Charles Breguet Signed Photo and Photographs6202 - Louis Charles Breguet Signed Photo and Photographs
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Superb grouping from pioneering French aircraft designer and builder Louis Charles Breguet (1880–1955), remembered for his Breguet XIX which crossed t
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Louis Charles Breguet Typed Letter Signed6203 - Louis Charles Breguet Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in French, signed in pencil, “Louis Breguet,” one page, 8 x 10.5, personal letterhead, May 1, 1917. Letter to "Monsieur Riffard," in p...
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Richard E. Byrd Group of (5) Items6204 - Richard E. Byrd Group of (5) Items
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Fantastic group of five items associated with pioneering aviator and polar explorer Richard E. Byrd (1888–1957), who in 1927 made a transatlantic flig
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George Cayley Pair of Books6205 - George Cayley Pair of Books
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Two booklets related to George Cayley (1773-1857), a prolific English engineer and one of the most important people in the history of aeronautics: an
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Clarence Chamberlin and Charles Levine Group of Photographs6206 - Clarence Chamberlin and Charles Levine Group of Photographs
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Unusual collection of photographs associated with aviation pioneer Clarence Chamberlin and his famous passenger Charles A. Levine, who he took on the
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Clarence Chamberlin and Lloyd W. Bertaud Original Photograph6207 - Clarence Chamberlin and Lloyd W. Bertaud Original Photograph
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Original vintage matte-finish 4.5 x 6.25 photograph of Clarence D. Chamberlin and Lloyd W. Bertaud holding up a large kite, stamped with an "Ag...
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Henri Coanda Group of (9) Items6208 - Henri Coanda Group of (9) Items
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Collection of nine items relating to the 1910 and 1911 Coanda aircraft, a sesquiplane and precursor to the motorjet that was designed by Romanian inve
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Curtiss Hydroplanes Document and Group of Photographs6209 - Curtiss Hydroplanes Document and Group of Photographs
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Grouping of material related to the Curtiss NC-4 flying boat, the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. The group is highlighted by a one-p
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Amelia Earhart Original Photograph6210 - Amelia Earhart Original Photograph
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Original vintage glossy 7 x 5 photograph of Amelia Earhart posing with a bouquet of flowers beside German aviator Gerhard Fieseler. In fine condition.
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Early Gliders Group of (12) Photographs6211 - Early Gliders Group of (12) Photographs
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Fascinating photograph collection of pre-World War I early gliders and aviation pioneers, ranging in size from 3.5 x 2.25 to 7 x 5, with the majority
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Robert Esnault-Pelterie Group of Photos and Documents6212 - Robert Esnault-Pelterie Group of Photos and Documents
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Archive of original photos and patents relating to the work of French aircraft designer and spaceflight theorist Robert Esnault-Pelterie, which includ
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Maurice Farman Autograph Letter Signed6213 - Maurice Farman Autograph Letter Signed
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Anglo-French Grand Prix motor racing champion, aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer (1877–1964). ALS in French, signed “M. Farman,” one
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Flown Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket Cover6214 - Flown Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket Cover
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Flown airmail cover carried on the first flight of the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket on February 4, 1948, signed in blue ballpoint by the pilot, "J...
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Flown Experimental Aircraft Covers Group of (2)6215 - Flown Experimental Aircraft Covers Group of (2)
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Two flown covers carried on experimental aircraft, both with stamped cachets filled out with information on the flights, signed by the respective pilo
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Flown Experimental Helicopter Covers Group of (5)6216 - Flown Experimental Helicopter Covers Group of (5)
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Group of five airmail covers flown on experimental helicopters, all with stamped cachets filled out with information on the flights, signed by the res
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Flown Jet Mail Covers Group of (9)6217 - Flown Jet Mail Covers Group of (9)
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Group of nine airmail covers flown on military jets, all with stamped cachets filled out with information on the flights, signed by the respective pil
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Flown Military Aircraft Covers Group of (8)6218 - Flown Military Aircraft Covers Group of (8)
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Group of eight airmail covers flown on United States military aircraft, all with stamped or typed cachets filled out with flight information, signed b
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Flown Passenger Jet Covers Group of (6)6219 - Flown Passenger Jet Covers Group of (6)
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Group of six airmail covers flown on passenger jets, all with stamped or typed cachets filled out with information on the flights, signed by the respe
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Flown Point Mugu Missile Mail Cover6220 - Flown Point Mugu Missile Mail Cover
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Rare flown airmail cover with a stamped cachet reading, "U. S. Missile Mail, May 1, 1959, Point Mugu, Calif.," postmarked at Point Mugu, C...
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Flown USAF Astronaut Covers Pair of (2)6221 - Flown USAF Astronaut Covers Pair of (2)
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Two flown covers carried on flights by USAF astronauts who never went to space, both with cachets filled out with information on the flights, signed b
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German Aviation Patent: Molnar, Rogler, and Horbiger6222 - German Aviation Patent: Molnar, Rogler, and Horbiger
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Printed booklet in German for an aviation patent granted to Paul Molnar, F. W. Rogler, and Hans Horbiger in Budapest for their "Flugmaschine [F...
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Wilhelm Kress Group of (5) Items6223 - Wilhelm Kress Group of (5) Items
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Group of five items associated with Wilhelm Kress (1836–1913), an aviation pioneer and an early aircraft designer who built the experimental Drachenfl
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Langley Aerodrome Group of (8) Photographs6224 - Langley Aerodrome Group of (8) Photographs
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Fantastic collection of eight vintage photographs of the 'improved' Langley Aerodrome, each approximately 6.5 x 4.75, showing images of the ...
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Samuel P. Langley Group of (3) Items6225 - Samuel P. Langley Group of (3) Items
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Group of three items related to Samuel P. Langley (1834–1906), an American astronomer, physicist, and aviator who conducted some of the first manned f
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Charles Lindbergh Group of (10) Photographs6226 - Charles Lindbergh Group of (10) Photographs
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Collection of ten original vintage photographs, ranging in size from 6.5 x 4.5 to 10.5 x 8.25, with subjects including: Lindbergh in front of the Spir
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William M. Magruder Group of (5) Flown Douglas DC-8 Test Flight Covers6227 - William M. Magruder Group of (5) Flown Douglas DC-8 Test Flight Covers
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Group of five flown covers carried on test flights of the Douglas DC-8, each with a stamped cachet filled out with the flight's information and ...
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Hiram Maxim Group of (4) Items6228 - Hiram Maxim Group of (4) Items
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Group of four items associated with inventor Hiram Maxim (1840–1916), best known for inventing the first portable fully automatic machine gun, but who
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James Means Booklet and Photograph6229 - James Means Booklet and Photograph
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Two items related to James Means (1853–1920), an industrialist who designed model gliders and widely published information about flight: a booklet ent
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Jim Mollison Signed Photograph6230 - Jim Mollison Signed Photograph
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Scottish pioneer aviator (1905–1959) who, flying solo or with his wife, Amy Johnson, set many records during the rapid development of aviation in the
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Nadar: Juan Bielovucic Photograph6231 - Nadar: Juan Bielovucic Photograph
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Magnificent original vintage matte-finish 14.25 x 10 full-length photo of Peruvian aviator Juan Bielovucic seated and posing in his Voisin Frèr...
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Nadar: Society of Encouragement of Aerial Locomotion Group of (3) Items6232 - Nadar: Society of Encouragement of Aerial Locomotion Group of (3) Items
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Group of three items associated with Nadar and his 'Societe d'Encouragement de la Locomotion Aérienne au moyen du plus lourd que l'...
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Louis Paulhan Signed Menu and Group of Photographs6233 - Louis Paulhan Signed Menu and Group of Photographs
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Impressive original vintage photograph collection related to Louis Paulhan (1883–1963), one of the most well-known French pilots in America, who won t
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Alphonse Penaud Group of Photographs and Patent6234 - Alphonse Penaud Group of Photographs and Patent
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Collection of items related to Alphonse Penaude (1850–1880), a pioneer of aviation design and engineering who originated the use of twisted rubber to
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Louis-Francois Roux Group of (8) Items6235 - Louis-Francois Roux Group of (8) Items
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Collection of eight items relating to Louis-Francois Roux (1838-1921), a French architect and engineer who developed an early flying machine deemed a
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Alberto Santos-Dumont Group of (23) Photographs6236 - Alberto Santos-Dumont Group of (23) Photographs
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Wonderful collection of original vintage photographs associated with Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont (1873–1932), who ma
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Charles Kingsford Smith Group of (6) Items6237 - Charles Kingsford Smith Group of (6) Items
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Group of six items related to Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith (1897–1935), who in 1928 made the first transpacific flight from the United S
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Thomas Sopwith Pair of (2) Signed Photos6238 - Thomas Sopwith Pair of (2) Signed Photos
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Inventor of the biplane used in WWI called the Sopwith Camel (1888-1989). Two photos: a glossy 6.5 x 4.5 photo of Thomas Sopwith seated at the control
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Wilmer Stultz Signed Cover6239 - Wilmer Stultz Signed Cover
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Aviator (1900–1929) who made the first non-stop flight between New York City and Havana, Cuba, and who died in a crash in 1929. Airmail cover marked w
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Gabriel and Charles Voison Group of Photos and Letters6240 - Gabriel and Charles Voison Group of Photos and Letters
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Impressive collection of items relating to French aviation pioneers Gabriel and Charles Voisin, brothers who in 1906 formed the Appareils d'Avia...
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Wilbur Wright Original Photograph6241 - Wilbur Wright Original Photograph
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Original vintage matte-finish 6.5 x 5 photograph of Wilbur Wright with Captain Paul N. Lucas-Girardville, Charles de Lambert, and Paul Tissandier in P
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Wilbur Wright Original Photograph6242 - Wilbur Wright Original Photograph
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Original vintage matte-finish 5 x 6.5 half-length portrait photograph of Wilbur Wright in France circa 1912. Reverse bears a caption in French (statin
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Wilbur Wright Original Photograph6243 - Wilbur Wright Original Photograph
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Original vintage glossy 5 x 6.75 photograph of Wilbur Wright with French automobile manufacturer and inventor Leon Bollee in France circa 1908. Revers
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Chuck Yeager Signed Book6244 - Chuck Yeager Signed Book
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Signed book: Yeager. Later printing. NY: Bantam Books, 1985. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.25, 342 pages. Signed on the first free end page in b
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Astronauts Signed Print6245 - Astronauts Signed Print
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Tremendous color limited edition 27.25 x 34.25 textured canvas print of a 1997 painting by Alan Bean entitled ‘Reaching for the Stars,’ numbered 945/1
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Chinese High Altitude Flight Suit with Helmet6246 - Chinese High Altitude Flight Suit with Helmet
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Chinese high altitude pressure suit, complete with a white helmet with visors and a parachute harness. The dark green flight suit features a zip-up fr
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Shenzhou 6 Model6247 - Shenzhou 6 Model
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Extremely attractive 1:80 scale gold-tone model of the Shenzhou 6 spacecraft made by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Includes a set of f
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Wernher von Braun Typed Letter Signed6248 - Wernher von Braun Typed Letter Signed
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TLS, one page, 7.75 x 10.5, personal letterhead, May 10, 1955. Letter to Henri Corbiere, in full: "Enclosed find my answers to your inquiry dat...
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MA-9: Gene Kranz's Mission-Used Project Book6249 - MA-9: Gene Kranz's Mission-Used Project Book
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Outstanding Project Mercury Flight Controller Handbook personally-owned and –used by longtime NASA flight director Gene Kranz. Contained with its orig
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Tom Stafford's Gemini 6 Flown Fliteline Gold Medal6250 - Tom Stafford's Gemini 6 Flown Fliteline Gold Medal
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Flown Gemini 6 Fliteline gold-plated medallion, 1? diameter, with the front featuring a raised design of the mission insignia, the reverse engraved wi
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Saturn J-2 Engine Component6251 - Saturn J-2 Engine Component
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Rocketdyne J-2 engine component, as used in NASA's Saturn IB and Saturn V launch vehicles. The circular component measures 7.75? in diameter and...
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