Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 jacket offered for $2.7 million

The jacket worn by US astronaut Buzz Aldrin throughout his 1969 flight to the Moon aboard Apollo 11 was offered at public sale for $2.7 million in New York Tuesday, Sotheby’s introduced. The white jacket, adorned with an American flag, NASA’s initials, a patch for the Apollo 11 mission and the identify “E. ALDRIN,” is a part of a private assortment of things the 92-year-old astronaut determined to place up on the market. “The exceptionally uncommon garment was chased by a number of bidders for nearly ten minutes earlier than promoting to a bidder on the telephone,” Sotheby’s stated in a press release.

“After deep consideration, the time felt proper to share this stuff with the world, which for a lot of are symbols of a historic second, however for me have all the time remained private mementos of a life devoted to science and exploration,” Aldrin, the final residing member of Apollo 11’s three-member flight crew, stated in a press release final week. He defined the jacket was separate from the spacesuit he wore whereas strolling on the moon with fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, however that he wore it whereas flying to and from the Moon.

“I wore this Inflight Coverall Jacket… within the Command Module Columbia, on our historic journey to the Moon and again dwelling once more throughout the Apollo 11 mission,” Aldrin stated. The fits worn on the Moon by Aldrin and Armstrong are a part of the Nationwide Air and Area Museum’s collections in Washington. In whole, the New York public sale garnered $8.2 million for 68 objects offered out of the 69 supplied, together with $819,000 for a flight plan. – AFP

 

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