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    ONE GIANT LEAP AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Thursday, June 27th, 2019

    Nearly 200 rare artefacts celebrating space exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 will come up at Christie’s in New York on July 11. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 Years After Apollo 11 includes nearly 200 artifacts from NASA missions of the Sixties and Seventies including the Gemini and Apollo programs. The sale highlight is the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book ($7- 9 million) used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to navigate the lunar module Eagle onto the surface of the moon in July 1969. 

    Tranquility Base Photograph The iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong inscribed by Aldrin with Armstrong’s name for the landing site. Buzz Aldrin was photographed by Neil Armstrong moments after both began exploring the surface of the Moon. This large image is inscribed “Tranquility Base, July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and is estimated at $7,000-9,000.

    APOLLO 11 BAG AND MOON DUST AT SOTHEBY’S

    Thursday, June 1st, 2017

    The bag used to bring back to earth the very first sample of lunar material ever collected comes up at Sotheby’s in New York on July 20 – the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Traces of the moon dust and small rocks are still embedded in the fabric of the bag, which is labeled “Lunar Sample Return”.  Nearly all of the equipment from that historic mission is housed in the U.S. National Collections at the Smithsonian; however a recent court ruling has allowed this to be the only such artifact in private hands. It comes up at an inaugural Space Exploration sale and is estimated at $2-4 million.

    Cassandra Hatton, Vice President and Senior Specialist in charge of the sale commented: “This seemingly modest bag was part of mankind’s greatest journey, and played a crucial role in the single most important scientific task of the Apollo 11 mission – to bring back the very first sample of lunar material ever collected. To be able to see such an object in person is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is one thing to read about going to the moon; it is quite another to hold in one’s hands an object that was actually there, and that still carries traces of that faraway place.”

    UPDATE: THIS MADE $1.8 MILLION