In a record auction, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s flight jacket he wore during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 sold for a record $2.8 million.
The jacket, which was part of the ‘Buzz Aldrin: American Icon’ sale at an auction held by Sotheby’s New York, was expected to fetch between $1 million and $2 million.
Displaying Aldrin’s name tag on the left chest above the Apollo 11 mission emblem and the American flag on the left shoulder, when the jacket was presented at auction, several candidates Interested parties made their bid, but in the end, a telephone bidder won the coveted jacket.
According to Sotheby’s, the jacket is made of a fire-resistant material known as Beta fabric that was incorporated into spacesuits in response to the fire that killed three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 in 1967.
Cassandra Hatton, global head of science and popular culture at Sotheby’s, told Reuters news agency that “it’s an incredibly rare thing. This makes it the only Apollo 11 flight garment available for purchase.
The auction, which also included letters from the legendary astronaut’s life, celebrates his life and career. Aldrin and his mission commander Neil Armstrong, who were part of the crew of the lunar module Eagle, were the first two people to land on the Moon.
Showcasing space artifacts from the Gemini XII and Apollo 11 missions, it will soon be opening bids for a pen that the Apollo 11 crew used to repair a broken circuit breaker.
“Of all the space auctions, at Sotheby’s or anywhere else, this is the best collection period,” Hatton said.
“This is straight from Buzz (Aldrin). The provenance is absolutely stellar if you’ll excuse the pun. I can say without hesitation that this is the best selling space exploration ever, and there won’t be. else who will. is better than that.
Sotheby’s also held a separate sale titled “Meteorites: Select Specimens from the Moon, Mars, Vesta and More” which featured rock ejected from the lunar surface following an asteroid impact.
(With agency contributions)
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