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The jacket that American astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore during his trip to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, in July 1969, was auctioned in New York on Tuesday for $2.7 million , announced the company Sotheby's.
This white jacket, on which we distinguish the American flag, the acronyms of NASA and the Apollo 11 mission, as well as the name “E. ALDRIN”, was part of a personal collection of objects that the astronaut, now 92 years old, had decided to put up for sale.
“This exceptionally rare garment was coveted by several bidders for almost ten minutes before being sold to a buyer by telephone,” Sotheby's said in a statement.
“After careful consideration, the time seemed ripe to share with the world these objects which, for many, are the symbols of a historical moment, but which, for me, have always remained personal memories of a life devoted to science. and exploration,” said Buzz Aldrin, the last surviving member of the astronaut trio from the Apollo 11 mission, when the sale was announced.
In total, the auctions totaled $8.2 million for 68 lots sold out of 69 offered, including 819,000 for a flight plan summary.
In the catalog of the lots, Buzz Aldrin clarified that the jacket on sale was separate from the space suit he was wearing when he descended on the lunar surface with Neil Armstrong, but that he had worn it during the three days of the outward journey and the three-day return trip aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft.
The suits worn on the moon by Armstrong and Aldrin are part of the colle ctions of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.