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American Space Museum’s ‘Apollo Only’ auction slated for Aug. 23-24

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The American Space Museum will host an “Apollo Only” charitable fundraising auction on August 23 and 24, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. This event offers a very rare opportunity for collectors to acquire items such as an Apollo test suit, Apollo A7L moon boot used in training, and ultra-rare models, all consigned by icons of NASA history.

The Friday session features original NASA photographs and other NASA items, while the Saturday session includes a collection of coveted NASA artifacts.

A nice matte-finish photograph of Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface with Neil Armstrong visible in the visor of his space suit. Signed and inscribed “First Lunar Landing, Buzz Aldrin, Apollo XI” In great condition. Estimate $300-$400

Day 1 of this important auction is devoted to thousands of rare and original NASA photographs, both black-and-white and 70mm color, documenting the Apollo Program from its conception through Apollo 17 and the USA’s final moon landing mission. Many astronaut photos are autographed.

With 2,000+ photographs poised to cross the auction block, this event will give collectors their very best chance to purchase images of significant missions. The photos cover every phase of the Apollo missions, from spacecraft assembly, suiting up for the mission, walkout, launch, in-flight and lunar-surface activities; splashdown and recovery. This stellar offering contains many seldom-seen images.

Color lithograph of the Apollo XI crew, hand-signed by all three members: Neil Armstong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. Estimate $3,000-$4,000

Day 2 brings to market a collection of artifacts of a level of importance seldom seen at auction. These items have been consigned to the museum by legends of NASA history, incluing Bob Sieck, Scott MacLeod, Arnold Richman and Charlie Mars. There are examples from every phase of the Apollo program; several are super-rare, one-of-a-kind items that played a role in getting man to the Moon.

One of the most highly prized entries from the Apollo program is this Lunar Overshoe, Serial No. 029.

An exceedingly rare Apollo Lunar Overshoe S/N 029. Used in both testing and training for the Apollo moon missions. This item comes with paperwork and a full history from ILC Dover. Est. $100,000-$150,000

An Apollo test suit is also expected to receive strong bidder attention.

Original beta cloth flight suit used in testing for the Apollo moon missions. Lot consist of both pants and jacket. Est. $4,000-$5,000

Rare ephemera includes crew-signed photos and postal covers, some of which were flown to the Moon.

Apollo XI Type 1 “Insurance” Cover issued on July 20, 1969, the day of crew’s landing on the Moon. Signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Estimate $6,000-$8,000

The selection of photos documents the triumphs and tragedies of NASA’s historic mission, including the fire that claimed the lives of Astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee.

One of the darkest days in NASA history was Jan. 27, 1967, when a fire in the Command Module killed the entire crew of Apollo I. This extremely rare press photo, which shows the Apollo I astronauts in a simulator, was issued the day before the tragedy. Estimate $300-$500

About The American Space Museum

The American Space Museum is located in Titusville, Florida, adjacent to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. It includes the US Space Walk of Fame and an outdoor plaza on the Indian River that honors both the astronauts and the NASA and contractor personnel who made American manned space exploration possible.

All profits from the Aug. 23-24 auction will benefit this important local museum and help keep history alive. Bid absentee or live online during the auction through LiveAuctioneers. For questions about any item in the sale, call 321-264-0434.

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