More than 70 original photographs from the American Space Agency (Nasa), including the first taken on the Moon in July 1969, were sold on Wednesday at auction in Copenhagen for a total of more than 155,000 euros. “We sold 73 of the 74 photos, and the total amount was 1,155,050 Danish crowns,” auction house Bruun Rasmussen said.
The 74 photos were from several Apollo missions carried out by NASA, around and mainly on the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s, including 26 taken from the Earth satellite. Sold by a foreign collector who wishes to remain anonymous, the series was estimated by Bruun Rasmussen at a maximum of 1.4 million crowns in total, or nearly 190,000 euros.
Pictures of Buzz Aldrin
The most expensive, the first “Earthrise” photographed by American astronaut William Anders in December 1968 from lunar orbit, was sold for 11,800 euros. The sale also included the originals of several photos taken during the first human mission to the Moon in July 1969, including one of American astronaut Buzz Aldrin taken by his colleague Neil Armstrong.
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The last time humans visited the moon was in 1972, with Apollo 17, but NASA is aiming for an astronaut return there around 2025-2026.
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