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RARE AUTHENTIC HISTORICAL
ARTIFACTS, PRINTS & PLAQUES
... by Bryan Moon

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Historical Plaque Set
HMS Bounty
Doolittle Raiders
LochNess Bomber
Ploesti
George Adamson
C. Moon Art

About The Artist:

British born, he pursues his artistic career with two wildly diverse interests. He emigrated to the USA nearly 30 years ago from England where his career began at Southampton College of art followed by service in the Royal Air Force. To a business career in aviation, he added election to Britain's distinguished Society of Aviation Artists and more recently, to the American Society of Aviation Artists. A retired Vice President of Northwest Airlines, Moon returned to a full-time art career in 1987. Living the experience before each painting is his prerequisite, so to understand lions he lived with the late "Born Free" George Adamson in Africa. Then, as Executive producer, returned to videotape a PBS television documentary.

A Mutiny on the Bounty commemorative work saw Moon cross the Pacific in a small sailboat to reach lonely Pitcairn Island where he lived with 45 surviving descendants of the original Bounty mutineers. By contrast, an assignment as artist to an Arctic and an Antarctic expedition took him to the expedition's sled dog training base. Three expeditions later, Moon traveled to China and found and retrieved remains of the famous "Jimmy" Doolittle's B-25 bombers, lost since 1942. Two visits to Romania led to the recovery of American B.24 bombers shot down over the Ploesti Oil Refineries in 1943. More recently, he has produced and directed three historical stage events which led to an invitation from the President of the United States to bring the cast to the White House. The subject of a CBS Charles Karault television feature, he has also appeared as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey television show.

But it was his African experience with big cats which shaped his interest in domestic cats and coupled his lifetime association with dogs. What followed was another unpredictable series of offbeat whimsical art for which he has since become most associated. His whimsical cat and dog art has become popular across the USA, Canada, Britain and Japan. While his whimsical art is collected by people who love the humor and style, his serious works are in the permanent collections of the Leigh Yorkey Museum, the United States Air Force Academy and the Army and Navy Club in Washington DC among others.

Portions from the sale of artwork sold here goes to help fund MIA Hunters - a non profit organization founded by Bryan and Christopher Moon which helps to recover lost WWII Airmen and bring their remians back to the U.S. for burial.. To learn more about MIA Hunters - click here.



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HISTORICAL LIMITED EDITION PLAQUE SET
(Less than 50 sets made of this first edition release).

Here you can purchase the complete set of all FIVE historical, limited edition plaques featured individually below. Each purchased set will inlcude: The Doolittle #7, Doolittle #3, Ploesti, Bomber from the Bottom of Loch Ness and The HMS Bounty. A most unique collection of history and exclusively available only at this site.

Limited Edition Plaque Set with descriptive metal plate and authentic artifact attached. SIX 9" x 12" polished wooden plaques with descriptive printed brass plates. Very Limited Edition - Only 50 made in this first release series! COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price for the entire set:is over $3,400
Order direct for: $1500.00


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LIMITED EDITION H.M.S. BOUNTY PLAQUE

In 1988 Bryan Moon traveled by boat across the pacific ocean to the remote Pitcairn Island - the final resting place of the "H.M.S. Bounty" (the most famous mutiny of all time). While there, he organized a diving team to find and recover an original piece of the H.M.S. Bounty. A large part of the H.M.S. Bounty's ballast was recovered, a piece of which is affixed to this plaque.

Limited Edition Bounty Plaque with descriptive metal plate and authentic piece of the H.M.S. Bounty attached. 9" x 12" polished wooden plaque with descriptive printed brass plate. Very Limited Edition - Only 150 made in this first release series! COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price: $600
Order direct for: $300.00




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THE H.M.S. BOUNTY PRINT

In 1988 Bryan Moon traveled by boat across the pacific ocean to the remote Pitcairn Island - the final resting place of the "H.M.S. Bounty" (the most famous mutiny of all time). While there, he organized a diving team to find and recover an original piece of the H.M.S. Bounty. A large part of the H.M.S. Bounty's ballast was recovered, a piece of which is affixed to this print.

This print is a Limited Edition of only 150 total prints. This is a rare chance to own a piece of history. There is no other known print in the world which includes an actual piece of the original H.M.S. Bounty and this print is in limited in supply.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
Size is 22" x 21" framed. The print is sold framed and matted as shown.

Artist Proof Print of Bounty with piece of HMS Bounty (only 150 made)
Retail price: $700
Order direct for: $350 (framed)



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LIMITED EDITION DOOLITTLE RAIDERS PLAQUE #3:
(Very Limited Edition - Only 50 made in this first release series)

In 1990, artist/explorer/MIA Hunter Bryan Moon led the 1990 Doolittle Raiders China Expedition. This was the first such mission in search of the lost Doolittle B-25 bombers, missing since April 18th 1942 following the first US bombing raid on Japan in WW.II. Three weeks later they found and retrieved armor plate from behind the seat of Doolittle's lead bomber, small pieces of No.7 bomber (flown by Ted Lawson and made famous as the "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" aircraft,) and more sections from No.3 bomber "Whiskey Pete." In the latter case, the remains were discovered where they had rested for 50 years, on the top of a mountain near the Chinese village of Beiyang.

The armor plate from Doolittle's B-25 was donated to a museum. A section from "Whiskey Pete" was given to the brother of Leland Faktor and smaller pieces of No 3 and No.7 bombers were affixed to limited edition prints of Bryan Moon's 50th Anniversary of the Raid's art. These prints originally sold for $200.00 but sold out in just over a month. Recently three of these prints from the artist's private collection sold for $2,000.00 each.

The story of the 1990 expedition to find the remains of the Doolittle bombers is told in the soft cover book "Destination Tokyo" by Carroll Glines.

During the search, Moon met Chinese veterans who had come to the rescue of downed Doolittle airmen. The following year, Moon brought five of these veterans to America and reunited them, before national press and for the first time in 50 years, with the surviving Doolittle airmen they had saved.

Bryan Moon and son Christopher was invited by President Bush to bring them all to the White House for a private reception and later they appeared before the staff and cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Since that time, Bryan Moon with his older son Christopher have made 14 expeditions, finding remains of the Ploesti B-24 bombers; sections of ballast from the sunken wreck of HMS Bounty; working with two Polar expeditions; finding the lost grave of the lioness "Elsa" of "Born Free" fame and jointly co-founding the non profit organization MIA HUNTERS with 44 MIA discoveries to-date.

Release of a few sections of No.3 bomber for sale is prompted by the need to finance further missions to fund MIA discoveries which they then turn over to the US Army for retrieval and identification. Sale of the Doolittle bomber sections will therefore directly benefit MIA HUNTERS further searches for lost WW.II airmen, a service which is provided at NO COST to the families.

Plaque with descriptive metal plate and authentic piece of one of the Doolittle Bombers (Bomber #3) attached.
9" x 12" polished wooden plaque with descriptive printed brass plate.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price: $800
Order direct for: $400.00



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LIMITED EDITION DOOLITTLE RAIDERS PLAQUE #7:
(Very Limited Edition - Only 50 made in this first release series)

See above description. This plaque features an actual peice of No.7 bomber (flown by Ted Lawson and made famous as the "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" aircraft.

Plaque with descriptive metal plate and authentic piece of one of the Doolittle Bombers (Bomber #3) attached.
9" x 12" polished wooden plaque with descriptive printed brass plate.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price: $1,000
Order direct for: $650.00 (only six remaining!)



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LIMITED EDITION BOMBER FROM THE BOTTOM OF LOCH NESS PLAQUE:
(Very Limited Edition - Only 50 made in this first release series)

See description below on the background on this amazing story. This plaque features actual stamps that have travelled to the North & South Poles.

Plaque with descriptive metal plate and authentic stamps that travelled to the North & South Poles attached.
9" x 12" polished wooden plaque with descriptive printed brass plate.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price: $500
Order direct for: $150.00

 



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BOMBER FROM THE BOTTOM OF LOCH NESS

The WWII Vickers Type 290 Wellington 1A bomber number N2980 is the only surviving bomber of it's kind that saw action during the war. Even more remarkable is the fact that it was recovered from the bottom of Loch Ness in Scotland in 1985. The bomber was painstakingly restored after over 80,000 man hours of restoration and some of the people working on the bomber were people who actually helped to build Wellingtons or actually flew them. The bomber now is on display at the Brooklands Museum near London at Weybridge in Surrey.

Each historical limited edition print by Bryan Moon of The Bomber from the Bottom of Loch Ness includes an actual fabric section of the original plane's exterior skin (the Wellington was one of the last fabric covered military aircraft made). Each print is individually signed by Wing Commander "Bunny" Austin, the only living crew member of Bomber N2980. Additionally, each print is also signed by Oberst Wolfang Falck, Luftwaffe fighter ace whose squadron attacked N2980 on December 1939.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic
Print is 20" by 22" in size. Print is sold unmounted.

Retail price: $350
Order direct for: $150.00



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LIMITED EDITION PLOESTI PLAQUE:
(Very Limited Edition - Only 50 made in this first release series)

"If nobody comes back it will be worth the cost". Nearly 2,000 airmen listened to the brief in the heat of the North African desert the evening before the historic mission. August 1st. 1943, the target was the Ploesti oil refineries in German occupied Romania, the Luftwaffe's primary source of fuel. The B24 bombers would be bombing at roof top level. For the mission code named Tidal Wave, casualties were expected to be well over 50%.

Artist Bryan Moon made two return visits to Ploesti 50 years later where he found remains of the B-24's shot down during the low-level raid. The authentic artifact on the plaque is a section from one of those lost B-24 bombers.

Plaque with descriptive metal plate and authentic Ploesti bomber artifact attached.
9" x 12" polished wooden plaque with descriptive printed brass plate.

COA - Certificate of Authenticity provide with this item - Guaranteed to be 100% authentic

Retail price: $400
Order direct for: $150.00


       
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THE AFRICA PRINTS:

The great British conservationist George Adamson (of "Born Free" fame) and his protégé Tony Fitzjohn raised and protected their lions in Africa for two decades until George was killed by Somali poachers. Just a year prior to this, two Britishers, artist Bryan Moon and his son Christopher flew into Adamson's Kenya camp - Kampi Ya Simba (Camp of the Lions) - to share the conservationist's life with lions.

Bryan Moon's charcoal drawing of Tony with the lioness Karetta aptly named "Born Free" became a limited edition print. A second limited print came from Moon's painting of the lioness "Boldy" who was raised by Adamson from a cub then turned free to live her life in the African bush. The painting was completed just days before "Boldy" was killed by villagers after the lioness had attacked their livestock. Shortly thereafter George Adamson was also killed by poachers near his camp.

Bryan Moon designed four stamps for Adamson's game reserve and on another visit to the camp, George and Tony hand signed the stamps. As a result, both prints, "Boldy" and "Born Free" include stamps autographed by the late George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn making them a unique collectors item

Guaranteed to be 100% authentic - Prints sold unmounted.
"Born Free" print size is 19.5" x 29"
"Boldy" print size is 21" x 26"

Retail Price for BOTH Prints: $500.00
Order direct BOTH Prints for: $95.00


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Any of the plaques or prints on this page may be ordered directly via the following methods:


ONLINE PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL:
You may purchase online by simply making payment via PAYPAL to LUNAC@AOL.COM or pressing the BUY NOW button below the print you wish to order.
(Please make sure you indicate WHICH print/plaque you are buying and provide your full contact information.)
Cost for shipping and handling in the U.S. is $20 (multiple prints/plaques may be included without an increase in shipping costs), overseas shipping is $49.
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ALL SHIPMENTS GUARANTEED TO BE: New limited edition authentic and signed by the artist. Each plaque and print is guaranteed to be as represented on this page. All sales final and all shipments typically sent within 48 hours of cleared funds.

INQUIRIES: Dealer and individual inquiries welcome. Please contact Chris Moon at (952) 440-2226 or email me at: chris@4Moon.com


 

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