I knew I was taking a chance on this when I purchased it. Honestly I do this as much for the fun as for the income. Even if I break even, how many people can say they ever owned the helm from a ship that both Winston Churchill and LRH were on? I've been in contact with a few naval museums and they seem interested based on it being from the HMS RS, so that route may lead to an easier sale. Honestly I was hoping a Tom Cruise or John Travolta would spend some coin on it
As for how I got these items, most of the story is in the listing. Gulmar Inc. was having their assets auctioned off about 2 months ago. Most of the items up for auction were just scrap, but when they got to this storage container and opened it up there were all these items from the Apollo. The auctioneer put them aside for a different auction, as all the bidders there that day were scrappers. About 2 weeks ago he held another auction where he auctioned off all the items I have, plus all the lights/lanterns from the ship, cabinets, benches, wood paneling from the captain's quarters (which I also have) and probably more items that I can't recall. My opinion is he did not contact the CoS about the auction due to their reputation in the media.
As for my knowledge of LRH and the CoS, I was a big Battlefield Earth fan in the 80's. I gave that book to all my friends to read and I re-read it several times. I read some of his other novels but never enjoyed them like I did BE. I did keep tabs on the CoS through the years just because I thought it was a fascinating story. I also really enjoyed the film "The Master", though I'm sure that was more fiction than fact.
Thanks for the warm welcome guys!
I've sold several items over the years to museums, kind of cool, I do say.