Six of the best performing space and aviation memorabilia investments



2015-06-26 11:32:47

We take a look at six of the best performing space and aviation memorabilia investments

Space memorabilia is one of the fastest growing collectible classes and offers enormous appeal to both dedicated collectors and investors. We look at six of the best performing space and aviation investments of recent years.

Charles Lindbergh letters – up 7% pa

Charles Lindbergh was a pioneer of flight, becoming the first man to fly from New York to Paris, in 1927. Just 42 years later the first men were walking on the Moon. In 1977, a letter flown aboard the Spirit of St Louis on the day of his historic flight made $35,000, later achieving $155,000 in 1999 – an increase of 7% pa.

Apollo 17 Robbins medals – 9.8% pa

Image: Heritage Auctions

The Apollo 17 mission, which took place in 1972, was the last time the human race visited the Moon. The significance of this last mission was heightened by NASA’s recent announcement that it had no plans to return to the satellite.

In 2012, a space-flown Robbins medal from the mission made $38,837 at Heritage Auctions. This works out as 9.8% pa growth on the $26,290 a similar example made in 2008.

Apollo 11 Robbins medals – 12.7% pa

Apollo 11 memorabilia is undoubtedly the most popular on the market. The enormous impact the July 20, 1969 Moon landing had on history turned the Apollo 11 crew into household names overnight.

In 1993, a flown Robbens medal presented to Buzz Aldrin sold for $1,763. In 2009, an example of the same grade achieved $11,950 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas – equating to growth of 12.7% pa.

Apollo 11 signatures – 14.0% pa

The value of an investment-grade signed photograph from the crew of the Apollo 11 mission has grown 14.0% pa from £2,000 ($3,282) in 2000 to £11,000 ($18,051) in 2013, according to the PFC40Autograph Index.

This figure looks set to grow as the remaining members enter their mid 80s.

Neil Armstrong’s autograph – 22.8% pa

Image: Paul Fraser Collectibles

The value of investment-grade examples of Neil Armstrong’s autograph stood at £550 ($900) in 2000, a figure that has risen by a hugely impressive 22.8% pa in the intervening years.

His death in 2012 led to increased demand among collectors, meaning that top examples now sell for around £7,950 ($13,050).

Apollo 11 flown flags – 24.2% pa

Image: Nate D Sanders

In recent months we’ve seen substantial new records set for flown flags from the Apollo 11 mission. The flags are mounted on crew signed certificates and were taken to the Moon aboard the spacecraft, later being sold as souvenirs.

In January of this year an example sold for $63,195 – an increase of 24.2% pa on the $21,345 paid for a comparable example at RR Auction in 2008.

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