Courtesy of Sotheby’s via AP
NEW YORK — Buzz Aldrin’s jacket worn on his historic first mission to the surface of the Moon in 1969 has sold at auction to a high bidder for nearly $2.8 million.
The $2,772,500 paid for the Apollo 11 Inflight Coverall Jacket is the highest of any U.S. space artifact sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s, which handled the sale. The unidentified winning bidder, who entered by telephone, outlasted several others in an auction that lasted nearly 10 minutes.
The jacket displays Aldrin’s name tag on the left chest above the Apollo 11 mission emblem and the American flag on the left shoulder. It’s 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, according to Sotheby’s.
Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.