Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale Ascends To A Stellar $5.5 Million

  1. Jeremy
  2. August 8, 2019 2:35 pm

Sotheby’s Space Exploration Sale Ascends To A Stellar $5.5 Million

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On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Sotheby’s Space Exploration auction reached a spectacular $5.5 million in New York, exceeding its high estimate by $1 million, with a staggering 93% of all lots sold.

The sale boasted a wide spectrum of material from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, including direct consignments from astronauts, an impressive collection of flown mission artifacts and hardware, the finest single owner selection of flown Robbins medallions, early contractor’s models, spacesuits, maps, charts and more.

Cassandra Hatton, Vice President & Senior Specialist of Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department in New York, said: “Fifty years ago, we achieved the world’s greatest human accomplishment. Today, space exploration continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people around the world. This universal fascination was reflected in today’s stellar sale, which is a testament to the continued demand for space artifacts. We are truly over the moon about our outstanding results.”

The auction was led by three original NASA videotape recordings of the lunar landing, which sold for $1.82 million – more than 8,000 times the price paid for the tapes at a government surplus auction in 1976 by then-NASA intern Gary George.

Apollo 11 Tapes (2)

Apollo 11 Tapes (1)

Apollo 11 Tapes - Reel 1

10096 Lot 26 - Saturn V Rocket Model

10096 Lot 105 - Apollo Firing Room Control Panels - S-IVB Aps Launch and Monitor (2 of 20 panels)

10096 Lot 105 - Apollo Firing Room Control Panels - S-IC Engine Deflection (1 of 20 panels)


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