Single-owner NASA collection with Apollo 13 space-flown flag sells for nearly $6K at Vintage Dec. 20

Space-flown American flags from Apollo 13 and shuttle missions, plus additional memorabilia, $5,100 ($5,992 with buyer's premium) at Vintage Auctions.

OTTAWA, Ohio — A keen-eyed bidder spotted the hidden gem at Vintage Auction on December 20. Wedged in between hundreds of lots of baseball cards and sports memorabilia was a single-owner collection of NASA-related items, unremarkable at first, but highly desirable on further inspection.

The multi-item lot had newspaper clippings and other memorabilia related to various NASA historic events, but the gem was a space-flown miniature American flag from the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission that launched April 11, 1970 and made an emergency return to Earth on April 17.

NASA routinely sent non-essential items into space to serve as collectors’ items for VIPs after the mission had returned. For Apollo 13, it was miniature American flags. The plaque featured this flag affixed to it, along with the caption THIS FLAG WAS ON BOARD APOLLO XIII DURING ITS FLIGHT AND EMERGENCY RETURN TO EARTH and facsimile signatures of crew members Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise.

The lot also included two space shuttle-flown flags (one on STS-65 from July 8-23, 1994 aboard Columbia, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11; the other from STS-2, the second-ever shuttle mission, November 12-14, 1981, also aboard Columbia), as well as a signed but undated period photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin reading To Ann / Thanks and Best Wishes / Buzz Aldrin.

This lot had been estimated by Vintage Auctions at a modest but respectable $700-$900. The keen-eyed bidder felt otherwise and lodged a single bid of $5,100 via LiveAuctioneers, which went unchallenged, and the lot sold with buyer’s premium for $5,992.

These unique and historic items will either be a cherished cornerstone of a private space-related collection, or will return to market with much higher valuations in the near future.

University Archives invites you to own a piece of history, Dec. 14

NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, estimated at $8,000-$10,000
NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, estimated at $8,000-$10,000
NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover signed by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, estimated at $8,000-$10,000

WILTON, Conn. – A NASA Manned Spacecraft Center Stamp Club insurance cover from the Buzz Aldrin family space collection, signed by all three Apollo 11 crew members, and an autograph letter signed by Thomas Jefferson from Monticello in which he mentions Napoleon Bonaparte are a few of the expected highlights in University Archives’ online auction slated for Wednesday, December 14 at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stellar collection of vintage NASA photos lands at Wright / LAMA, Oct. 28

The Blue Marble: First human-taken photograph of the full earth, Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, estimated at $15,000-$25,000
The Blue Marble: First human-taken photograph of the full earth, Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, estimated at $15,000-$25,000
‘The Blue Marble’: First human-taken photograph of the full earth, Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17, December 7-19, 1972, estimated at $15,000-$25,000

CHICAGO – Marking the 50th anniversary of the last human voyage to the moon, Wright and LAMA present One Giant Leap for Mankind: Vintage Photographs from the Victor Martin-Malburet Collection, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Project Apollo (1961–1972), an auction to take place in Chicago on Friday, October 28. This stunning collection comprises more than 300 original historic photographs from Project Apollo, the NASA program responsible for placing the first humans on the surface of the moon. Meticulously researched and collected during the course of 25 years by Victor Martin-Malburet, each image represents extraordinary feats of human exploration, imagination and collaboration, and many of those being offered have never been published. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 inflight jacket soars to $2.7M

The inflight coverall jacket Buzz Aldrin wore during the entirety of the Apollo 11 moon mission sold for $2.7 million on July 25 in New York. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s
The inflight coverall jacket Buzz Aldrin wore during the entirety of the Apollo 11 moon mission sold for $2.7 million on July 25 in New York. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – On July 25 at Sotheby’s, Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 inflight coverall jacket, worn during the historic 1969 mission to the moon and back, achieved $2,772,500 – making it the most valuable American space-flown artifact ever sold at auction, and the most valuable jacket sold at auction. The exceptionally rare garment was chased by multiple bidders for almost 10 minutes before selling to a bidder on the phone.

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Apollo 17 cuff checklist reaches for the stars at RR Auction, Oct.21

Gene Cernan's Apollo 17 EVA-3 cuff checklist, est. $800,000-$1,000,000
Gene Cernan's Apollo 17 EVA-3 cuff checklist, est. $800,000-$1,000,000
Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 EVA-3 cuff checklist, est. $800,000-$1,000,000

BOSTON – RR Auction‘s annual autumn space sale is one of the most hotly anticipated events in the space collecting world. Packed with more than 700 items, this auction is sure to impress even the most discerning connoisseur of the cosmos. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

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Neil Armstrong photo takes giant leap to $91K at RR Auction

for $91,451.
A Neil Armstrong-signed photo showing the astronaut about to set foot on the lunar surface sold for $91,451.
A Neil Armstrong-signed photo showing the astronaut about to set foot on the lunar surface sold for $91,451.

BOSTON — A Neil Armstrong-signed photograph depicting him taking mankind’s “giant leap” sold for $91,451 at RR Auction during its April 15-22 Space Exploration and Aviation sale. The glossy 10 x 8in photo of Neil Armstrong just before setting foot on the lunar surface is signed “Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11.”

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Astronaut Al Worden’s collection to lift off Apr 22 at RR Auction

Tether that secured astronaut Jim Irwin during a historic Apollo 15 spacewalk, estimated at $30,000-plus
Tether that secured astronaut Jim Irwin during a historic Apollo 15 spacewalk, estimated at $30,000-plus
Tether that secured astronaut Jim Irwin during a historic Apollo 15 spacewalk, estimated at $30,000-plus

BOSTON – RR Auction‘s spring Space and Aviation sale brings more than 700 items to the auction block from April 15 – April 22. The online auction is headlined by Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot (CMP) Al Worden’s collection, filled with flown items, personal mementos, and autographs. View the full catalog online at LiveAuctioneers.

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