Breaking News! Fanderson is the first to reveal that the eagerly anticipated Mystery Lot 242 in the Gerry Anderson Personal Office Memorabilia Benefit Auction is a framed personal letter and signed photo from Apollo 13 astronaut Captain James Lovell. This item has a guide price of £1,000 - £3,000 and was introduced by Gerry himself after the interval break.
When Gerry Anderson was in New York for the Space:1999 premiere in the mid 70s he shared a breakfast table with an American guy. When the American asked Gerry about his interest in space, Gerry described his visit to Cape Canaveral, the Apollo missions and the astronaut escape system. Only afterwards did the American give Gerry his card which read Captain James Lovell. He had been the captain of the ill-fated Apollo 13. This was the first person Gerry had ever asked for an autograph.
Prior to this, a number of other lots went for eye-catching figures, including:
Second half items of note:
Fanderson will release further details of what sold, what didn't and how much money was raised in a full round-up of this unique day for Gerry Anderson memorabilia. Watch this space!
The event was held at the Grand Ballroom in the Battersea Arts Centre, London, and has been arranged as a space-saving measure for Gerry after he decided to vacate his Pinewood Studios office last year and work from home.
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