7 Pieces of Space History That You Can Own This Week

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Bonhams auction house is hosting a space history sale tomorrow. They've done similar things in the past, but this one is more fun because it's now and Buzz Aldrin is opposed to it. Controversy and memorabilia!

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He told collectSPACE.com:

I am not offering any items for sale from my current collection of Apollo 11 articles in the Bonhams auction...The Apollo 11 items being auctioned on Monday are being resold from auctions that took place in 2007 or earlier at the instigation of my ex-wife and her daughter.

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Okay, Buzz, duly noted. Let's move ahead, shall we?


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The Original Mercury Seven

Photograph of all seven mercury astronauts and signed by three of them, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper and Wally Schirra.
$2,000 - $3,000

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Aldrin's Spacewalk

James Lovell photographed the man himself, Buzz Aldrin during his Gemini 12 spacewalk. Signed and inscribed: "Buzz Aldrin, GT - 12."
$500 - $700

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Astronauts At Lunch

Getting some earth food in while they can. Signed by James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin.
$400 - $600

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Large Gemini Spacecraft Master Mold Model

1/8 scale solid acrylic model of the Gemini spacecraft made by Atkins and Merrill's Engineering Model and Mock-Up Division in 1964 for $50,000.
$7,000 - $9,000

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Wally Schirra's Pilot Sunglasses

Standard-issue military sunglasses by General Optical. Comes with a typed letter on Wally Schirra's personal Rancho Santa Fe, CA letterhead.
$2,500 - $3,500

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American Flag Carried on Gemini 10

Flown United States silk flag. Signed and inscribed on the lower 3 white stripes by Michael Collins, "Carried aboard Gemini X to a World Altitude Record, July 1966."
$5,000 - $7,000

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Fred Haise's Potato Soup Carried on Apollo 13

It's signed soup mix that went to space and came back. What more do you people want?
$6,000 - $8,000

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[Bonhams via space.com]

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DISCUSSION

In 1971 Jim Irwin flew to the moon on Apollo 15, walked around, picked up some rocks and stuff, then flew home. When he got back he realized he had a mechanical pencil in his pocket that he'd had with him the whole time. He gave it to a NASA PR guy, and eventually it ended up in private hands. There was quite a bit of spare lead in it, and the guy broke some of it up into pieces a few millimeters long, laminated them to a card and sold them along with a COA. Yep, I've got one, a piece of pencil lead from the moon. Or Office Max. Whichever.