artifact is a flown flotation ball from the
Gemini III spacecraft.
It was sold at auction by
& Coin in their Fall 1995 Space Memorabilia Auction on October 28,
1995. This was lot number 345 in that auction.
The item description from
catalogue stated, "Flown
Flotation Ball. A 1" ball in a 2" lucite cube, mounted diagonally on a
3" square wood plaque with a brass descriptive plate inscribed 'Tony
Broadway / Gemini - 3 Flotation Ball / Molly Brown - Virgil Grissom'.
The number '252' is marked on the ball. "
Tony Broadway was
proprietor of a local bar at Cape Canaveral that was frequented by the
To The Moon Air & Space
Museum obtained this artifact from the Superior Auction.