Lot #10
Otto Berg's 'Earth from Space' Enlarged Negatives and Contact Sheets

Estimate: $1000+

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Interesting grouping of material related to Otto Berg's iconic photomosaic of Earth from space, created using imagery captured on a 16mm movie camera flown 100 miles high aboard an Aerobee rocket on October 5, 1954. This archive contains enlargements of the 16mm negatives to 4″ x 3″ frames (22 sheets, most with six images per sheet), plus circa 1970s color contact sheet prints of those negatives (22 sheets, 8 x 10, with "This Paper Manufactured by Kodak" watermarks on the reverse). Additionally includes an original vintage glossy 10 x 8 silver gelatin photo of Berg exhibiting the complete mosaic, stamped on the reverse: "Credit: Smithsonian Institution National Air Museum, Oct. 5, 1962." In overall very good to fine condition, with some scattered soiling.

From the collection of Dr. Otto Berg.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Science and Technology
  • Dates: November 18, 2022 - December 15, 2022