Top 10: Space Memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:29:48

Honourable mention: Rolex watch worn aboard Apollo 17 - $131,450

A Rolex watch worn to the Moon by Apollo 17 astronaut Ron Evans was sold at a Heritage Auction Galleries sale in October 2009.

During the mission, Evans left the watch in his Personal Preference Kit which was taken to the Moon’s surface by his crewmates.

The watch was on the Moon’s surface for 72 hours.

10) Apollo 11 flight plan - $152,000

The Apollo 11 flight plan covered the preparations for man’s first step on the Moon. It is a minute by minute time line of the mission crew’s activities.

The document is made up of many sections such as a “detailed timeline” which shows what the astronauts should be doing at any given times and “detailed test objectives” which explain the mission’s objectives.

The flight plan inscribed with the words "One small step for a man—one giant leap for mankind" sold for $152,000 at a Bonhams auction in 2010.

9) Yuri Gagarin’s typescript - $171,000

A typescript of Gagarin’s flight as the first human to journey into outer space, in April 1961. Sold for $171,000 at Christie’s in April 2011.

8) Alan Shepard’s Gemini space suit – $187,500

In 2010, the Gemini space suit designed for Alan Shepard was sold by Regency Superior in 2010 for $187,000.

The suit, which came complete with helmet, gloves and boots, was not actually flown.

The suit was made for the specifications of Alan Shepard, who would later become the fifth moonwalker - and first moongolfer - as part of the Apollo 14 mission.

7) Charles Duke Jr’s Apollo 16 wrist mounted checklist - $206,000

This metal bound booklet was strapped to the wrist of Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke Jr’s space suit. It covers procedures such as climbing down to the Moon’s surface.

One page in the booklet features a hand drawn astronaut in the arms of a naked woman. The astronaut says: "Happy Birthday Whatever Your Name Is."

The checklist was sold for $206,000 at a Bonhams auction in 2009.

6) Falcon lunar module's Attitude Control joystick from Apollo 15 - $206,000

This joystick was used to activate the four sets of four 100 pound Marquardt rocket engines, working with the semi-automatic onboard computers’ steering calculations and engine thrust-on commands.

The joystick, which was on the Moon’s surface inside Falcon for over 66 hours, was sold by Bonhams in July 2009 for £206,000.

5) Apollo 11 navigational chart - $218,000

The navigational chart was used by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, just after their landing on the Moon, to determine their exact position on the lunar surface.

The chart, signed by Aldrin, was sold by Bonham’s in New York in 2009 for a world record price of $218,000.

4) Alexei Leonov’s Apollo-Soyuz suit - $242,000

Alexei Leonov wore this space suit while commander of the Juyl 1975 Soyuz mission, that saw the Russian and US spacecraft dock for the first time. It achieved $242,000 at Bonhams in May 2011.

Leonov was also the first man to conduct a spacewalk, stepping outside his Voshkod 2 spacecraft in 1965 for 12 minutes, 9 seconds.

3) Dave Scott’s cuff checklist - $303,710

A complete cuff checklists worn by Apollo 15 commander Dave Scott as he walked on the moon. Sold for $303,710 at RR Auction in November 2012.

The checklist guided the moonwalkers as they explored the Marsh of Decay. It was signed by Scott.

2) Jim Lovell's Apollo 13 notebook - $388,375

When the Apollo 13 mission was famously aborted in April 1970, Commander Lovell had just a few minutes to make the calculations that would bring the crew home safely. He jotted the figures down in a notebook, before asking NASA to check the figures and setting off on the journey home.

In December 2011, the space-flown notebook containing those hand-written calculations was sold from Lovell's own collection at a Heritage auction for a record price of $388,375.

1) Vostok 3KA-2 - earth's first space ship - $2.9 million

Vostok 3KA-2 was a Soviet spacecraft, notable for being the craft used in a trial ahead of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned orbit on April 12 1961.

Vostok 3KA-2 was the second of eight Vostok spacecraft produced by the Soviet space programme.

The capsule was sold on Tuesday 12 April 2011 for $2.9m at auction in New York. The capsule, launched on a test flight before sending the first human into space, was purchased by Evgeny Yurchenko, chairman of the investment fund AS Popov:

"With the support and participation of Sotheby's I will be able to bring it home … I hope that Vostok will take its rightful place in one of the national museums devoted to the history of the formation of the Russian space program."

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