On July 16, 1969 artist Paul Calle (1928-2010) was with the Apollo 11 astronauts as they had breakfast and prepared for their historic journey to the moon. Calle was the only artist to document the activities of the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they ‘suited up’ for the Apollo 11 Mission. His on-the-spot pen and ink sketches stand as an artistic impression of the final hours on Earth of three men as they journeyed into Space destined to make history of all mankind.
We are delighted to be auctioning this limited print edition #101/250 which has been personally hand-signed and numbered by Paul Calle,
Paul Calle was an American artist who was best known for the designs he created for postage stamps, including 40 that were released by the United States Postal Service. His best-known stamp was designed to mark the first manned moon landing and was issued in September 1969, showing an astronaut stepping out onto the surface of the moon. The Apollo 11 crew carried with them a die proof of Calle's moon-landing stamp, which was hand canceled by the astronauts while on the mission.
The sketches he made based on his experiences that day have been displayed at the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art. Together with his son Chris, Calle returned to the subject of space exploration with a pair of stamps issued in 1994 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing.
Note - there are 2 Paul Calle prints - be sure to bid for the one you want.
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