(PHOTOS) Vintage Space Photos Up For Auction In London
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Some moments in human endeavour are just so breathtaking that you want to grab a piece of it and cling to it.
Man landing on the moon is one, and now you can own a piece of our lunar history, as photos taken by moon mission astronauts go up for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions in London.
The vintage photographs will suit buyers from all ends of the budget spectrum, rangeing from £200 to £800 for 20 x 25 cm prints up to £2,000 to £10,000 for the large-format prints.
Steven Dick, chief historian of NASA, said: ‘The astronauts brought back two treasures from their extraordinary journey: samples of moon rock and their photographs.’
Sarah Wheeler, Bloomsbury Auctions’ Photographs specialist said: "We are thrilled to be holding Britain’s first specialist sale of photographs showing how man landed on the Moon. What we are offering at Bloomsbury on 3rd November are historic artefacts - rare, iconic vintage photographs taken by the astronauts themselves and printed within days of their return to Earth, and very different from today's downloadable images."
John Glenn took the first photographs from space on February 20 1962. Then in in June 1965 Jim McDivitt took photographs of Ed White, the first American astronaut to walk in space, as he floated above the earth. This shot is Lot 14, with an estimate of £600-800.
Lot 136 shows man’s first steps the moon, focusing right in on Buzz Aldrin’s boot as it steps onto the lunar surface. That shot is estimated at £600-800.
View The Exploration of Space. Vintage NASA Photographs: The Collection of Victor Martin-Malburet on Thursday 3rd November at 1.00pm, Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox St, London W1S 1PP. View the catalogue online.