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Mercury 6 inflight instructions headline at Nate D Sanders

The Mercury 6 inflight instructions soared past their reserve price



The inflight instructions astronaut John Glenn used on the Mercury 6 mission headlined Nate D Sanders' July 21 auction.

They realised $66,993, well above the reserve price of $25,000.

Mercury flown instructions
John Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth

The 1962 mission saw Glenn become the first American to orbit Earth.

The paper was attached to a pair of bobbins, forming a scroll that Glenn could wind on as the mission advanced.

The auction house comments: "All data on the instructions was personally used by Glenn to confirm the capsule's flight path during its 4 hour and 55 minute mission, instructing Glenn at which point to take photos in flight…

"The in-flight instructions were given by Glenn to Frogman Richard 'Dick' Dunham of UDT-21 (Underwater Demolition Team) as a thank you memento for his work with Mercury 6."

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There was an eclectic choice of pieces offered in the auction, including an autographed message sent from Malcolm X to comedian Redd Foxx in 1964.

It's written on the back of a postcard showing a chimpanzee at Miami's Monkey Jungle.

It reads: ''One hundred years have passed since the Civil War, and these chimpanzees get more recognition, respect & freedom in American than our people do, because even the monkeys that lead them have more sense than the monkeys that lead us."

The lot sold for $4,000.

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Last updated: 23 July 2016