History of space exploration up for grabs
On July 16, Bonhams New York will be presenting a sale to commemorate the 40th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon. This sale, dedicated to the history of man’s exploration of space, will feature nearly 400 historical lots. Up for grabs will be artifacts carried inside spacecraft and taken out on the lunar surface. Some of these still have the lunar dust they came in contact with while being used by the Apollo astronauts. More than 50 items related to the Apollo 11 mission will be offered for sale, and the highlights include check list pages taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as a reference aid on the first manned lunar landing. These check list pages were used by Armstrong to activate the final landing phase program that allowed him to fly the Eagle safely past a large boulder-filled crater. These are the actual sheets taken to the moon’s surface and are inscribed by Buzz Aldrin. The series of three check lists is estimated to sell for between $125,000 and $175,000. A star chart used to take celestial measurements on the surface of the moon could fetch between $70,000 and $90,000.
Another highlight is an official Apollo 11 crew insignia originally from astronaut Michael Collins’ collection, which might go for between $25,000 and $35,000. A sheet from the flown flight plan that shows the exact time of Armstrong and Aldrin’s historic steps will be also offered and is expected to sell for between $40,000 and $50,000. These artifacts from the historic mission are sure to interest collectors from all around the globe. Other artifacts of interest for collectors are from the Apollo missions 14, 15 and 16.
A cuff-mounted check list used on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 16 mission is estimated at between $200,000 and $300,000. A lunar surface dust brush from the Apollo 13 missioin carries an estimate of $125/175,000. A flight vehicle altitude hand controller assembly unit from the Apollo 15 Lunar Module could sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.
These are just a few of the extraordinary lots that will be up for grabs at the Bonhams’ Space Sale on July 16, 2009.