Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s flight jacket could fetch $1-2 million at auction

July 21 (Reuters) – Auction house Sotheby’s New York will aim for the moon next week when it auctions the personal collection of American astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

The “Buzz Aldrin: American Icon” sale will take place on July 26. Highlights include a flight jacket that Aldrin wore on the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969, with sales estimated at around $1-2 million.

“It’s an incredibly rare thing,” said Cassandra Hatton, global head of science and popular culture at Sotheby’s, adding that it was the only item of clothing stolen from the Apollo 11 mission available for purchase.

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Another highlight bundle is a pen that the Apollo 11 crew used to fix a broken circuit breaker, saving their lives. His estimate is also $1-2 million.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 lunar module pilot, poses for a photo next to the United States flag deployed during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. The Lunar Module ( LM) is on the left, and the astronauts’ footprints are visible in the ground. Neil Armstrong/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

The collection also includes astronaut life awards, medals and letters.

“I can say without hesitation that this is the best space exploration sale ever, and there will not be another better than this one,” Hatton said.

A separate sale will follow on July 27, titled “Meteorites: Select Specimens from the Moon, Mars, Vesta and More.”

This sale will feature the end of a lunar meteorite, which Sotheby’s says is the second most massive piece of the Moon on Earth.

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Reporting by Christine Kiernan, Editing by Josie Kao

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