Tricia at RR here:
As our CMO, I was proud to represent RR Auction at Space Rendezvous in sponsorship of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation the weekend of November 4, 2017 (that’s me at our booth, above). Having the privilege to meet dozens of our clients face to face over the course of the Saturday show at the Kennedy Space Center was such a treat! It’s always nice to put a face to the name and hear firsthand why RR is leading the Space market.
Getting settled in Florida early before the Rendezvous events gave us the opportunity to visit two Space clients, including our longtime partner Ken Havekotte of Space Coast Cover Service. Having worked on several auctions with Ken over the past 5 years, it was wonderful to finally meet him and his wife Theresa in person and spend some time connecting and viewing Ken’s amazing collection!
The gala held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach on Saturday evening was especially engaging, with a speaker panel including Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart (two photos, below). He is sharp as a tack and had some of the most insightful views on the history “NASA: Past, Present, and Future” (the weekend’s tag line). Also included on the panel was Apollo-Soyuz member Vance Brand, and the moderator, five-time Shuttle veteran “Hoot” Gibson – who was certainly a “hoot!” The nickname is well-founded.
At the show we promoted our wonderful new partnership with Geoff Notkin of Aerolite Meteorites and noted “Meteorite Man” fame (see photo of our booth with meteorites front and center). After having great success with Geoff’s meteorites in our October Space sale, we are offering more in our November auction, including this amazingly rare Northwest Africa Lunar Meteorite. At the RR table, we also sold copies of our November Exploration Auction catalog to benefit the ASF, and we ended up having quite a few generous patrons.
Also making an appearance at the Rendezvous Space Autograph and Memorabilia Show was Apollo 15 CMP Al Worden (pictured here at his table with an authentic spacesuit). As it happens, RR is actually auctioning a fishing trip with Al Worden – all proceeds will benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.
Our November Space Exploration Auction, featuring The Bill Lende Collection, also has a fantastic set of offerings from the ASF, including books straight from Apollo 17 CDR Gene Cernan’s personal library, to benefit charity. Go to astronautscholarship.org to discover more about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and their contributions to ensuring America’s world leadership in technology and innovation, whilst honoring the legacies of our pioneering astronauts.
Though the ASF is currently undecided on where next year’s Space Rendezvous will be, I can tell you one thing: RR Auction will be there with our continued support!
– Tricia Eaton is the Chief Marketing Officer at RR Auction.