Personal items of several astronauts will be sold in the Space History Sale taking place at Bonhams, New York on May 5th. Celebrating 50 years of Alan Shepard’s space trip, several personal items of astronauts and many from the Forbes collection and the estate of NASA administrator James E. Webb will be made available.
Some early highlights of the sale include a Sokol K spacesuit worn by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov during the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Project (estimated at $100,000-150,000) and a Sokol KV-2 spacesuit worn by Gennadi Strekalov during a 1990 mission to the Mir space station (estimated at $60,000-80,000). An Apollo 14 Maurer Camera, from the personal collection of Edgar Mitchell, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the Moon used to film movies through the Lunar Module Pilot’s window during the approach and landing of the Lunar Module is estimated at $60,000-80,000.
Bonhams has held two other Space History Sales. The first in July 2009 which is the highest-grossing American space history auction ever, and the second in April 2010 including the Neil Armstrong One small step for a man inscription which made $152,000. An Apollo 11 lunar module flown star chart sold for $218,000 in the 2009 sale and a Apollo 15 lunar module hand controller went for $206,000. [Bonhams]