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Moon landing memorabilia up for auction on 50th anniversary

United States, New York City
July 11, 2019 at 01:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Auction house Christie's are marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings by putting nearly 200 lunar-related artefacts up for sale. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 was open to the public in New York on Wednesday.

The most valuable piece in the collection is thought to be the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book which could fetch somewhere between $7-9 million (€6-8 million) at auction on July 18.

The Timeline Book narrates the entire Eagle voyage from inspection, undocking, lunar surface descent, stay, and ascent, to the rendezvous with the command module Columbia in lunar orbit. The book was flown aboard the Eagle and was located precisely between Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they made the historic landing.

Christina Geiger, Head of Books & Manuscripts at Christie's, explained that the auction encompassed the entirety of the US manned-spaceflight programme, from Mercury and Gemini through to Apollo.

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Auction house Christie's are marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings by putting nearly 200 lunar-related artefacts up for sale. One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 years after Apollo 11 was open to the public in New York on Wednesday.

The most valuable piece in the collection is thought to be the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book which could fetch somewhere between $7-9 million (€6-8 million) at auction on July 18.

The Timeline Book narrates the entire Eagle voyage from inspection, undocking, lunar surface descent, stay, and ascent, to the rendezvous with the command module Columbia in lunar orbit. The book was flown aboard the Eagle and was located precisely between Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they made the historic landing.

Christina Geiger, Head of Books & Manuscripts at Christie's, explained that the auction encompassed the entirety of the US manned-spaceflight programme, from Mercury and Gemini through to Apollo.

M/S Image of moon landing signed by Buzz Aldrin at Christie's auction, New York

M/S Moon book signed by Apollo astronauts

W/S Images of US manned-spaceflight programme

M/S Image of US manned-spaceflight programme

SOT, Christina Geiger, Head of Books & Manuscripts at Christies: "It's called One Giant Leap: Celebrating Space Exploration 50 years after Apollo 11. It includes almost 200 lots, celebrating the whole US manned-spaceflight programme from Mercury, Gemini through Apollo."

W/S Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book

C/U Timeline book's contents blown-up on big screen

SOT, Christina Geiger, Head of Books & Manuscripts at Christies: "Well the estimate of the book is between $7-9 million. You know, it will be up the bidders to decide what it will go for."

M/S Timeline book shown to camera

C/U Timeline book shown to camera

C/U Timeline book shown to camera

C/U Timeline book shown to camera

W/S Displays in public viewing room

C/U Hat belonging to astronaut Fred Haise

M/S Display in cabinet

C/U Display in cabinet

M/S Display in cabinet

C/U Brush used on moon

C/U Signed book

M/S Display of medals

M/S Display in cabinet

W/S Members of public look at timeline book

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