Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s jacket, with which he traveled to the Moon on Apollo 11, will be auctioned for $2 million dollars


Buzz Aldrin’s memorabilia collection will be among the largest to come to auction; other accessories of the mission, such as the pressure suits are protected in museums.

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Legendary NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s personal collection will be auctioned by Sotheby’s later this month, including the jacket worn by the pilot during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and back.

“This collection is a summary of my career as an astronaut, from my studies at West Point, my first EVA during Gemini XII, to humanity’s first lunar landing on Apollo 11, where we planted the American flag and beyond” Aldrin said in a written statement.

The jacket, with serial number 1039, is estimated to be worth between $1 million and $2 million. This is the only garment from the Apollo 11 mission available for private ownership.

Both garments belonging to the mission commander Neil Armstrong like the command module pilot michael collins they are at the Smithsonian Institution, along with the A7L pressure suits of the three crew members.

Sotheby’s said in a statement that the practical elements of the jacket, including the reinforced holes in the upper torso, can be clearly seen. Also his name “E. Aldrin”, is clearly printed on the emblem of the Apollo 11 missionwith an American flag on the left shoulder.

the jacket it is made with a material known as Beta Clotha novel technology that was fire resistant and tough enough to help protect astronauts from micrometeorite explosions, the auction house said in the statement.

Other highlights in the sale include the legendary broken circuit breaker that could have killed the Apollo 11 crew by stranding them in space, along with the marker pen Aldrin used to start the enginethus saving the lives of the crew and allowing them to complete the mission.

So far, the circuit breaker and ballpoint pen have been loaned by Aldrin to various museums. Both have an estimated value of up to $2 million.

The items, Sotheby’s says, are among the most significant and valuable space exploration artifacts ever offered at auction.

Also included is the MTV VMA “Original Moonman” statuette presented to Aldrin in 1984.

Selected lots from the sale will be accompanied by a MIRAImage NFT, a unique digital identifier linked to its physical object using novel 3D microscopic scanning technology and advanced mathematical techniques that extract the object’s identification “DNA”.

This sale marks the first time MIRA technology will be applied to objects sold at auction.

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