Pioneer and Apollo Astronaut Autographed Items


Alan Bean Artist Proof Sale


Alan receives a varying number of Artist's Proofs from the publisher. These represent a small "edition extension" (usually 10%) of the regular edition issue number. A/Ps are distributed amongst the artist, publisher, and any co-signees. Alan always gets AP#1, and the lowest AP numbers available.

As such, a small number of A/Ps are sometimes available of prints which have long since sold out of the regular edition. They are available at a premium price, because they come from the personal collection of the artist, are the lowest numbers and because they are A/Ps, sometimes are otherwise sold out, and there is a certain prestige in owning an A/P.

Alan has 25 years worth of these, and they're starting to take over the house. He'll be sending us only a few titles at a time, so as not to cause US a storage problem.

You should call us at 800-727-6682 (+1-520-888-2424 Int'l) if you're interested. Some of these will go fast.

Alan has different numbers left of different prints. He may have only ONE A/P left of a given print. He always kept A/P #1 for himself, but he's selling many of those, at a premium.

Currently Available:

"I began these studies a number of years ago to record
some of my memories of seeing the Moon close up. My first
study showed how Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and I saw the
Moon an hour or so after we thrusted out of lunar orbit
heading for home. The Moon appeared exactly as if we were
looking at a large black-and-white photograph, because of
the strong direct backscatter of sunlight by the lunar
dirt. I could not recognize the Moon as a sphere, only as
a flat disc. The study was technically accurate, but to
me an unartistic black-white-painting. I set it aside. My
first try at this second study was an unsuccessful
attempt to show the pronounced blue of the reflected
earth light as it strikes the shadow area of the Moon. It
was unartistic; blue-gray, black-and-white painting. I
set it aside. I did several others with similar results.
Years later I decided to rework two of these studies as
color exercises. The first - Monet's Moon - was painted
with my favorite artist in mind. I studied a print of one
of Monet's Rouen Cathedral series created in reds,
violets, and blues. I then repainted the Moon with
Monet's colors, this time without regard to mountains and
craters. For the second study, now titled "A Most
Beautiful Moon", I tried to retain some of the
reflected-earth-light-shadow-effect while adding other
earth colors. I satisfied my curiosity with these
studies. I'll leave the job of creating a body of
full-disc Moon paintings to future artists. I'm spending
most of my time recording an event that will never happen
again in our history: humankind's first visit to another
world." -- Alan Bean
Canvas Giclee Only            $275.00
Artist Proof                  $350.00
Monet's Moon

PRE-ORDER for May

AVAILABLE: A/P#
6,7,8,9,10 ($350 ea.)
"Rollin' home, rollin' home, at the light of the
silvery moon. I'll be happy as a king, believe me, when I
go rollin' home": These are the words of an Ol'
English drinking ballad. Pete has just rolled Yankee
Clipper "heads-up" relative to the north pole
of the Earth, and Pete, Dick and I can now see planet
Earth out our front windows. We are headed back home, and
we all feel like kings.
Canvas Giclee Only            $450.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $625.00
Artist Proof                  $565.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $740.00
Rollin' Home
AVAILABLE: A/P#
7,8,9,10 ($565 ea.)
Collecting moonrocks was more than just reaching down and
grabbing pieces we happened to like. The first problem
was knowing which rocks, of the many that can be seen,
are worth the time and energy to document, collect and
return. But we learned a lot in the six years of geology
training on Earth prior to going to the Moon.
Giclee Only                   $250.00
Giclee Framed                 $599.00
Artist Proof                  $314.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $663.00
Moonrock Earthbound
AVAILABLE: A/P#
8,9 ($314 ea.)
Jim Irwin leads Dave Scott as they move about their work on
the Moon. Dave observed: "As we advance, we are
surrounded by stillness. No wind blows, no sound echoes.
Only shadows move. I hear the reassuring purr of the
miniaturized machines that supply vital oxygen and shield
me from the blistering 250-degree-Fahrenheit surface heat
of the lunar morning." The spacesuit appears bizarre
and unworldly, but it contains a life-sustaining
environment. Explorers throughout history have probably
looked strange and unreal to the natives of the new lands
they visited. But we were different. There were no
natives and enclosed in our spacesuits we looked like
creatures from other planets to our friends and family.
Canvas Giclee Only            $495.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $679.00
Artist Proof                  $619.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $803.00
Conquistadors
AVAILABLE: A/P#
6,7 ($619 ea.)
"Every human who walked on the moon did so in his own
personal spaceship," says Alan Bean. "We called
them space suits and they performed beautifully on all
six lunar landings. I painted astronaut John Young all
bundled up in his. John commented, 'I can't speak too
highly for the pressure suit. Boy that thing really takes
a beating.'
Giclee Only                   $225.00
Giclee Framed                 $549.00
Artist Proof                  $282.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $606.00
Our Own Personal
Spaceships (paper)
AVAILABLE: A/P#
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 ($282 ea.)
This Fine Art Textured Canvas is a portrait of the flag
that Astronaut Neil Armstrong planted on the moon during
the Apollo 11 mission, the first time man walked on the
moon. The first flag hangs, much like a curtain, from a
small extendable metal rod that Armstrong rotated up and
locked in place at the top of the flagstaff. During the
flight to the moon, the flag was stored folded-up,
accordion-style, and attached to the flagstaff and
curtain rod. During the first moonwalk, Armstrong and
Buzz Aldrin attempted to extend the rod and flag to its
full length but without complete success. The creases in
the shortened flag are still visible in this painting.
Canvas Giclee Only            $595.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $745.00
Artist Proof                  $744.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $894.00
First Flag
AVAILABLE: A/P#
4,6,7,8,10
($744 ea.)
Apollo 17 Commander Eugene A. Cernan is mounting the best
transportation system seen on the Moon in the last four
and one-half billion years. The Lunar Rover is a unique
product of American ingenuity, designed and built to
perform one task very well. That single task is to move
two American astronauts, their equipment and collected
lunar samples swiftly and safely from one geologic site
to the next in support of their exploration of the
Moon.Gene and his teammate, astronaut geologist Harrison
"Jack" Schmitt, are glad they have a Rover.
Their landing site, Taurus Littrow valley, is large and
there are a number of important sites to be explored, way
too many and too far apart to do so on foot. They are on
a tight timeline and everything is going pretty much as
planned.
Canvas Giclee Only            $295.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $385.00
Artist Proof                  $369.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $459.00
Getting Ready to Ride
AVAILABLE: A/P#
4,8
($369 ea.)
Neil and Buzz were well below 2000 feet in their descent
before Neil could take his first look out his window and
study the landing area. "Pretty rocky area",
Neil said to Buzz over the intercom. Neil would later
say, "We were landing just short and slightly north
(to the right) of a large rocky crater surrounded by a
large boulder field with very large rocks covering a high
percentage of the surface."
Canvas Giclee Only            $350.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $500.00
Artist Proof                  $438.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $588.00
Armstrong Heads Beyond
the Boulders
AVAILABLE: A/P# 4
($438)
"Looking up at the Earth, I moved into my spacecraft's
shadow to get a better view of our planet without
squinting. Reaching up, I balance the Earth between my
gloved thumb and forefinger. Our world, the whole Earth
was safely cradled in my fingertips. At first, it may
seem I've painted my right finger incorrectly, not
pointing at the Earth. Not so. I have purposely painted
it a little lower and to the right of the Earth due to
the effect of the parallax. How small our Earth is in the
infinite universe."--ALAN BEAN
Canvas Giclee Only            $395.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $530.00
Artist Proof                  $494.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $629.00
Our World at My Fingertips
AVAILABLE: A/P#
8,10
($494 ea.)
Apollo 17's Jack Schmitt takes a moment to let the
significance of his lunar exploration sink in. He knows
this spot hasn't changed much over the last three billion
years. Now there are signs of visitors from another
place: footprints, part of a spaceship, an abandoned car,
a flag. Jack contemplates how these traces will remain
just as they are for at least the next three billion
years or so.
Canvas Giclee Only            $395.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $530.00
Artist Proof                  $494.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $629.00
Savoring the Moment
AVAILABLE: A/P#
4,6,8
($494 ea.)
Apollo astronaut and artist, Alan Bean, fourth man to walk
on the moon, had a full career at NASA. When he retired
in 1981 he knew that if any credible artistic impressions
were to remain of the start of the space program for
future generations, he needed to start painting them.
"My decision to resign from NASA was based on the
fact that I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no
other artist ever has," Bean said, "and I hope
to communicate these experiences through art."
Limited Edition Print Only    $295.00
Limited Edition Framed        $645.00
Artist Proof                  $369.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $719.00
Home Sweet Home
AVAILABLE: A/P#
8,10 ($369 ea.)
Apollo 15's Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed in the Hadley
Rille Apennine mountain area of the Moon on July 30,
1971. They had a new and improved lunar module that
allowed them to carry a lunar roving vehicle. They also
wore the latest design in space suits and backpacks which
allowed them to stay outside for longer periods. With
these changes, they would dramatically increase the range
of their surface explorations.
Canvas Giclee Only            $395.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $520.00
Artist Proof                  $494.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $619.00
We Came in Peace
for All Mankind
AVAILABLE: A/P#
8,10
($494 ea.)
Alan Bean's First Men: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin is
the companion work to the previously-released First Men:
Neil A. Armstrong. Armstrong's iconic photo of Aldrin is
arguably the most recognized picture ever taken, and this
painting is so much more than a photograph. The tools
Alan Bean used to explore the Moon now help him to put
the Moon's stamp on each painting he creates. Exact
replicas of his Moon boots are used to make footprints
across the painting's surface, reminiscent of the Apollo
boot prints remaining on the Moon today. Streaks etched
on the painting's surface are from the same geology
hammer he used on the Apollo 12 mission. Finally, a sharp
edged bit from one of the core tubes is used to make the
circular indentations in the surface. All are captured in
stunning detail in each edition.
Limited Edition Print Only    $295.00
Limited Edition Framed        $595.00
Artist Proof                  $369.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $669.00
First Men: Buzz Aldrin
(paper)
AVAILABLE: A/P#
2,3,6 ($369 ea.)
9 (framed only, $669)
"Well, here we are, seeing our first Earthrise ever!
It is hard to believe Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon and I are
235,189 miles from home.  We had lifted off from launch
complex 39, Pad A, Cape Kennedy, Florida in the middle of
a violent thunderstorm, just three and one half days ago
and there are at least two very excellent reasons why it
does not seem possible we have come this far, this fast.
Canvas Giclee Only            $345.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $470.00
Artist Proof                  $432.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $557.00
Way Way Up High
Over Pad 39A
AVAILABLE: A/P#
7,9
($432 ea.)
"I painted myself almost flying over the surface of
the moon," says artist Alan Bean. "Running on
the moon isn't like running on earth, mostly because the
pull of gravity is only one-sixth of what we feel down
here. I was light on my feet, much as I expected. When I
pushed off with one foot, there was a long pause before I
landed on the other foot, like running in slow motion. I
could feel my leg muscles completely relax as I glided
along to the next stop. I seemed to float just above the
surface.
Giclee Only                   $295.00
Giclee Framed                 $595.00
Artist Proof                  $369.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $669.00
Fast Times on the
Ocean of Storms
AVAILABLE: A/P#
7,8 ($369 ea.)
9 (framed only, $669)
"The Moon was a stark and otherworldly
place―gray soil, gray rocks and black sky as far as
you can see," explains Alan Bean on Apollo
Moonscape. "When I first began painting the Moon, I
painted it exactly as I remembered it as an astronaut,
much the way it looks in the photographs. But a literal
record of this black-and-white world doesn't communicate
what it felt like to be and work there. To the
astronaut-engineer-scientist in me, the paintings looked
correct. But they didn't completely satisfy the explorer
artist in me, the part that loves color and impressionist
paintings.
Canvas Giclee Only            $495.00
Canvas Giclee Framed          $620.00
Artist Proof                  $619.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $744.00
Apollo Moonscape:
An Explorer's Vision
(Canvas)
AVAILABLE: A/P#
6,7,10
($619 ea.)
"The Moon was a stark and otherworldly
place―gray soil, gray rocks and black sky as far as
you can see," explains Alan Bean on Apollo
Moonscape. "When I first began painting the Moon, I
painted it exactly as I remembered it as an astronaut,
much the way it looks in the photographs. But a literal
record of this black-and-white world doesn't communicate
what it felt like to be and work there. To the
astronaut-engineer-scientist in me, the paintings looked
correct. But they didn't completely satisfy the explorer
artist in me, the part that loves color and impressionist
paintings.
Limited Edition Print Only    $245.00
Limited Edition Framed        $545.00
Artist Proof                  $306.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $606.00
Apollo Moonscape:
An Explorer's Vision
(Paper)
AVAILABLE: A/P#
2,3,5,6,7
($306 ea.)
"You feel this way when you're finally on the Moon!
It's the culmination of all you've studied and worked for
since you were a little kid. You didn't know it then, but
all the little things you were absorbing from parents,
friends, and teachers formed the foundation for the
dreams you would master later on.
Limited Edition Print Only    $295.00
Limited Edition Framed        $545.00
Artist Proof                  $369.00
Artist Proof - Framed         $619.00
John Young Leaps
Into History
(Paper)
AVAILABLE: A/P#
7,8,9,10
($369 ea.)