Lot #2229
Apollo 11 Original Vintage NASA and Press Photograph Archive

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Estimate: $800+


Collection of 37 vintage glossy NASA photographs celebrating the historic Apollo 11 mission, ranging in size from 6.5 x 9.5 to 10 x 8, with the majority placing emphasis on crew training exercises in lead-up to the first moon-landing mission. The assemblage includes: three (3) red-numbered color photos, with reverse of two bearing NASA caption text and all three containing “A Kodak Paper” or “This Paper Manufactured by Kodak” watermarks; thirteen (13) black-numbered photos, with eleven bearing NASA caption text and two containing “Kodak” watermarks; and twenty-one (21) unnumbered examples, all with NASA caption text to reverse. The reverse of eight photos feature stamps marked “The Huntsville Times Library,” “Houston Chronicle Library,” “Library, Houston Post,” or “Return to: Chronicle Files,” with numerous photos also bearing typed and handwritten notations, as well as the occasional affixed sticker or clipping.

Photo subjects include (with some duplicates): Neil Armstrong smiling in his space suit during the Apollo 11 mission; the iconic ‘visor’ shot of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon; the vast cratered farside of the moon as viewed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft; Aldrin setting up the solar wind experiment during a lunar landing practice session; Aldrin and Armstrong placing objects in the lunar sample return container during an EVA practice run; Armstrong practicing with the 10-foot-high gain antenna; Aldrin deploying the passive seismometer during training; an astronaut bootprint in the lunar soil at Tranquillity Base; the explosive liftoff of the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle carrying the Apollo 11 astronauts; Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins inspecting a two-pound moon rock they presented to the Smithsonian Institute; President Richard Nixon conversing with NASA Administrator Dr. Thomas O. Paine while awaiting splashdown; the Apollo 11 mission insignia, and more. In overall very good to fine condition, with some creasing, wear to edges, and some photos bearing editorial notations to front image.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Science & Technology and Space Exploration
  • Dates: #588 - Ended July 16, 2020