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Auction: The Air and Space Sale
was auctioned on: 17 September 2019
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Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000
Price realised:  US$6,950
Lot number 88, Views: 40

APOLLO LUNAR MODULE: CUTTING THE UMBILICAL CORD. Umbilical Lines Guillotine Fixture, Center. Test sample guillotine fixture, in machined alloy, with lengths of wire attached at either end, mid-1960s, lacking internal blade and explosive charges, 19 x 7-1/2 x 5-1/8 inches. Bearing Grumman Aerospace Corp identification plate, listing it as part number LDW420-11006-3. Some tape residue. Provenance: A major aerospace model shop. The Ascent Stage and Descent Stage of the Lunar Module had continuous wiring between them, which had to be severed in order for the Ascent Stage to take off. This was achieved by firing explosive charges that would drive metal blades through the bundles of wires, using a guillotine apparatus such as this. This test specimen comes complete with the cover of the blade housing, part number LDW420-11354-1, but not the blade that would have been inside it.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Air and Space Sale
Date of the auction: 17 Sep 2019
Address: Bonhams London
New York 580 Madison Avenue New York NY 10022 Tel: +1 212 644 9001 Fax : +1 212 644 9009 [email protected]