Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 jacket sells for a record $2.8 million

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin saw an unusual offer on Tuesday when his Apollo 11 jacket sold for a record price.

The spaceflight jacket, worn by Aldrin when he accompanied Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on the iconic space mission to the moon in 1969, was purchased by an unidentified bidder for a whopping $2,772,500.

The massive bid exceeded by nearly $1 million what the auction house estimated the item would sell for.

The jacket was part of Sotheby’s ‘Buzz Aldrin: American Icon’ collection, which was a highlight of Sotheby’s Geek Week and boasted historic items recorded directly by Aldrin, who carefully curated materials from his famous space missions , including Gemini XII and Apollo 11.

The jacket worn by astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during the historic first mission to the surface of the moon in 1969 has sold for nearly $2.8 million at auction.
Edwin "buzz" Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Lt. Michael Collins stand next to their spacecraft in 1969.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins stand next to their spacecraft in 1969.

The infamous broken circuit breaker that nearly ended the lives of the Apollo 11 crew, the mission documents that accompanied the crew into space, and the famous “Go Army, Beat Navy” banner that Aldrin wore. brought with him on his Gemini joined the extraordinarily priced space jacket. XII space walk.

Flight plans for the Apollo 11 mission sold for $819,000 while Aldrin parted with his Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, which he received in 1969, for $277,200.

According to Sotheby’s, a selection of 10 lots from the legendary space objects sale came with a MIRAImage™ NFT, a unique digital identifier linked to the object’s identifying ‘DNA’.

The historic auction, which lasted nearly 10 minutes, made the Apollo 11 jacket the most valuable American space artifact ever sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s.