Top 10: Space memorabilia sales in 2011



2015-06-26 10:29:16

10. Apollo 11 flown US flag - $33,460

An American flag, flown to the moon on board the lunar module, and signed by the command module pilot Michael Collins, sold for $33,460 at Heritage Auctions in November 2011.

9. First photo of Earth from deep space, signed by all 29 Apollo astronauts - $38,837

A copy of the first photo of Earth from deep space, taken by the Boeing Lunar Orbiter I on August 23, 1966, and signed by every astronaut who flew on an Apollo mission, sold for $38,837 at a Heritage Auctions sale in June 2011.

8. Apollo 11 lunar flag unflown remnants - $45,000

A large US flag was attached to the ladder handrail of the Apollo 11 lunar module prior to departure from Earth. In order to attach the flag, alterations had to be made and the seam and identification of the manufacturer were removed.

The removed scraps were never flown to the moon.

The flag remnants were offered at a Goldberg auction in July 2011 but failed to sell. Goldberg sold them in an after auction sale for $45,000.

7. Final version of NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 - $51,000

The final version of the NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 was sold for $51,000 at a PBA Galleries auction in March 2011.

The flight plan was signed and inscribed by Neil Armstrong “Best Wishes, To Dean Mell, Neil Armstrong”.

6. Moon flown Apollo 14 flag - $65,725

An American flag, flown on the February 1971 Apollo 14 mission, sold for $65,725 at a Heritage Auctions sale in November 2011.

Signed by lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell, it spent 33 hours on the surface of the moon on board the lunar module.

5. Tintin book signed by six moonwalkers - $132,400

A copy of the Tintin comic book On a Marche sur la Lune, known in English as Tintin on the Moon, signed by a moonwalker from each of the six Apollo missions to make it to the moon’s surface, sold for €100,003 ($132,400) at a Universe of Hergé auction in November 2011.

Buzz Aldrin, from Apollo 11, inscribed that he was the “"first moonwalker after Tintin".

4. Yuri Gagarin's typescript from his first flight - $171,000

A typescript of Gagarin’s experiences from his historic first flight into space sold for $171,000 at Christie’s in April 2011.

Gagarin commented on the Earth’s “very beautiful blue halo”.

3. Alexei Leonov's Apollo-Soyuz suit - $242,000

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

Leonov was also the first man to conduct a spacewalk, when he stepped outside his Voshkod 2 spacecraft in March 1965 for 12 minutes and nine seconds.

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

When the Apollo 13 mission was 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 $388,375.

1. Vostok 3KA-2 - earth's first space ship - $2.9m

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 in April 2011 for $2.9m at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. The capsule 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," Yurchenko said following the sale.

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