Buzz Aldrin’s moon jacket sold for a record $2.8 million.
The jacket worn by astronaut Buzz Aldrin on his historic first mission to the Moon has become the most valuable US space artifact ever sold at auction after fetching more than £2 million.
The article was sold by Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday as part of the most valuable single space exploration sale ever, fetching a total of $8.2 million (£6.8 million).
It also makes the item the most valuable jacket ever sold at auction after selling for a total of $2,772,500 (£2,303,254).
The jacket features Aldrin’s name tag on the left breast above the Apollo 11 mission insignia and the American flag on the left shoulder.
It’s made of a fire-resistant material called beta cloth that was added to the spacesuit in response to a fire that killed three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 in 1967, according to Sotheby’s.
The jacket was purchased by an anonymous bidder, who participated in the auction over the phone.
“Today’s result is a testament to Buzz Aldrin’s legendary career and his lifelong dedication to exploring and understanding the universe,” said Cassandra Heaton, Sotheby’s global head of science and popular culture.
“It’s an honor to work with Buzz to bring such a prestigious product to market for the first time, and today’s record-breaking result proves the ongoing and enduring importance of the Apollo 11 mission, since the beginning of human history.” Almost 53 years have passed since the first walk on the moon.”
Buzz Aldrin – in pictures
Other notable items up for grabs during the sale include the Apollo 11 Summary Flight Plan, which includes a complete summary of the entire Apollo 11 mission from launch to splashdown.
The nine-page booklet contains a complete timeline of the mission, including details of the landing of the lunar module, lunar surface EVA (moonwalk) and liftoff from the moon.
It sold for a total of $819,000 dollars (£680,384), more than five times its high estimate.
Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.