[FPSPACE] Wernher von Braun's papers sold
ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Oct 30 07:42:45 EDT 2008
October 15, 2008 / 10:20 p.m. CT (0320 GMT Oct 16)
Plans for the future sold: On Wednesday, Bonhams auction house sold a
collection of rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun's papers for $132,000. The 35
diagrams, letters, and sketches guided the creation of illustrations that
accompanied a series of magazine articles published under the headline "Man
Will Conquer Space Soon!". The series, which ran in Collier's between 1952
and 1954, was noted for introducing von Braun's space exploration plans.
Bonhams Sale 16116 - Fine Books and Manuscripts, 15 Oct 2008
Los Angeles and New York
Lot No: 1205
35 Autograph Diagrams, Sketches, and Letters, most Signed ("Wernher von
Braun" and "Wernher"), 4to, [Huntsville, AL?], 1952-1953, being the basis
for Chesley Bonestell, Fred Freeman, and Rolf Klep's illustrations for the
series "Man will Conquer Space Soon!" in Collier's magazine, the plans and
diagrams on graph paper, all extensively annotated, mounted on album leaves
with stamp hinges, 4 framed and glazed.
During the 1950s, von Braun pursued his own fascination with space
exploration, a counterfoil to his official work on military rockets which
had culminated in the V-2 rocket fired on England on September 7, 1944. Just
days before Germany's official surrender, von Braun and his team defected to
the encroaching American Forces and were brought to the United States to
head up the country's rocket development team.
While working on the Redstone rocket, von Braun produced a series of
articles that formed the centerpiece of the series "Man Will Conquer Space
Soon!", published in Collier's between March 22, 1952 and April 30, 1954.
His dream was for a space station that could serve as the starting point for
manned lunar landings, the construction of permanent lunar bases, and
ultimately a mission to put men on Mars.
The present plans and sketches are the source material for the illustrations
by Chesley Bonestell, Fred Freeman and Rolf Klep that accompanied the
series. Bonestell's cover for Collier's, March 22, 1952, showed the front
portion of the "3-Stage Satellite Vehicle" discarding the second booster,
while in orbit around Earth. Nine heavily annotated diagrams by von Braun in
the present group describe this vehicle and its orbits from different angles
and at varying levels of detail.
Full article and one of the sketches here:
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