A very rare photo of astronaut Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon as among thousands of space photographs that are up for auction at world-famous auction house Christie’s in London.
According to a press release, there are over 2,400 photographs that document the ‘golden age of space exploration’, and the most comprehensive collection of such ever to have come up for auction.
“This is probably humanity’s greatest creative and ingenious achievement, landing a man safely on the surface of the moon and bringing him back to Earth,” said James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History at Christie’s.
“Looking at some of these images, you can really be transported to the surface of the moon.”
The “Voyage To Another World” collection has been curated by private collector Victor Martin Malburet and is a mix of iconic images and others that were unreleased at the time by NASA.
Many of the photographs taken during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 from the surface of the moon were of Buzz Aldrin, with Neil Armstrong being tasked with the majority of the photography, and Mike Collins remaining in orbit around the moon.
However, towards the end of the mission, Buzz took the camera and managed to get a shot of Neil, which was forgotten about in the aftermath of the history-making mission, which was only rediscovered in the 1980s. This photo is expected to be the sale’s top lot.
Another photograph due to go under the hammer is of Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin when he managed to photograph himself during a 1965 Gemini XII mission, effectively the first selfie in space!
Among the other photos up for sale are early images of the far side of the moon from the late 1950s, the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s, and photos taken from Mars.
Christie’s online auction runs from November 6-20, 2020.
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