A portrait of Buzz Aldrin floating above the Earth in 1966 and the last image taken by the Apollo 17 Moon mission will go under the hammer this Thursday along with nearly 700 other vintage Nasa photographs.
The selection of prints is from a previously unseen private collection and spans three decades of space exploration from Nasa’s first satellite launch in 1958 through to its last manned lunar landing in 1972.
Among the collection are some of the most iconic images of the space era, including the only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon in 1969. Another photo shows the spectacular ‘Earth rise’ as our home planet appears above the lunar horizon.
The images also show the difficulties of shooting in space — many are overexposed or suffer from light leaks, something rarely seen in the glossy photographs Nasa releases today.
All the images are Nasa originals, bearing their unique stamp, caption and identification number. Estimates for individual photographs range from £300 to £10,000.
The auction, titled From Earth to the Moon, will be held at Bloomsbury Auctions in London on 26 February.
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