Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin gives space enthusiasts the opportunity to own a piece of American history.
The NASA legend’s most personal and prized possessions will be auctioned until July 26.
The ‘Buzz Aldrin: American Icon’ sale, orchestrated by Sotheby’s Auction House, features the suit jacket that Aldrin wore in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission, the first successful mission to the Moon and back.
The jacket is estimated to be sold at auction for $1-2 million, being the only Apollo 11 garment available for private ownership.
On Friday morning, bidding for the one-of-a-kind jacket hit $700,000.
The broken circuit breaker switch that nearly killed the Apollo 11 crew and the felt that saved their lives will also soon be in the hands of a generous bidder.
Also listed is the Apollo 11 Summary Flight Plan, a detailed summary of each step of the mission.
During the sale, Aldrin will say a final farewell to his essays from his years at West Point, a thoughtful letter from Neil Armstrong and his Presidential Medal of Distinction, presented to him by former President Nixon.
“This collection is a summary of my career as an astronaut, from my studies at West Point, to my first EVA during Gemini XII, to humanity’s first lunar landing on Apollo 11 where we planted the American flag and a bit at beyond,” Aldrin said. in a statement in Sotheby’s press release.
Aldrin will also auction off his MTV Video Music Award “Moonman” statuette and the United States and Texas flags he flew on the flight to the moon.
“After careful consideration, the time had come to share these objects with the world, which for many are symbols of a historical moment, but for me have always remained personal memories of a life devoted to science and exploration.
“From the jacket I wore on my trip to the Moon and back, to the infamous broken circuit breaker switch that nearly ended our lives, and the pen that saved us, to the various artifacts we used to lead to mission well, I hope this collection offers a glimpse of what it was like to be Buzz Aldrin.
A pre-sale exhibition opened Thursday at Sotheby’s Galleries, located on York Avenue in New York. Admission is free and open to the public.
Sotheby’s will follow Aldrin’s auction with another sale on July 27 titled “Meteorites: Select Specimens from the Moon, Mars, Vesta and More.” The second-largest piece of the Moon on Earth, the tip of a lunar meteorite, will be featured in the sale.
The July 26 “Buzz Aldrin: American Icon” sale will take place less than a week after the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969.