He wore it during the iconic Apollo 11 mission.
How much would you pay for a piece of history? There are plenty of opportunities to buy something of historical significance, but now you have something that is worth that and much more.
It has been announced that the historic moon landing jacket worn by Buzz Aldrin is going up for auction. He wore it during the Apollo 11 mission, which is the first lunar landing mission.
Many famous astronauts have auctioned off their uniforms in the past and some have bids that started at $1 million. The auction for Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing jacket will take place at Sotheby’s , and estimates are that the jacket and other items could get up to $2 million or perhaps more.
Some of the other items being auctioned off by 92-year-old Aldrin include items from when he was a student in the US Military Academy. Other items include a circuit breaker from the Eagle lunar module that was broken during the mission. That circuit breaker could have left them stranded on the moon.
Check out the jacket in Sotheby’s Instagram post below:
As far as this list of items being auctioned, Southeby’s is calling it “among the most significant and valuable space exploration artifacts ever offered at auction.” There are also likely to be other $1 billion auction items available.
According to USA Today, in a press release, Aldrin said: “After deep consideration, the time felt right to share these items with the world, which for many are symbols of a historical moment, but for me have always remained personal mementos of a life dedicated to science and exploration.”
Along with the circuit breaker and jacket, there is also a felt tip pen that was used on the moon landing mission that’s up for grabs. After the circuit breaker switch broke, the pen stepped in to save the mission.
According to Sotheby’s, Aldrin is on record as calling NASA during the accident and saying: “After deep consideration, the time felt right to share these items with the world, which for many are symbols of a historical moment, but for me have always remained personal mementos of a life dedicated to science and exploration.”
The aluminum pen was used to do the job and close the circuit. Aldrin is saying that he hopes these artifacts are shared to offer insight into what it is like to be him.