Lot #497
Neil Armstrong Signed Photograph

Rare signed photograph of Neil Armstrong's 'giant leap'
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Estimate: $15000+


Rare signed photograph of Neil Armstrong's 'giant leap'

Extremely rare glossy 10 x 8 photo of Neil Armstrong taking his iconic 'one small step' onto the lunar surface, signed in black felt tip, "Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11." In fine condition, with scattered small surface creases. Accompanied by an envelope and Kodak photo paper box.

Captured from NASA's original video transmission of the historic event, this is one of the most recognizable images of the lunar landing: Armstrong taking his first step onto the landing pad, seconds before delivering what is arguably the most famous quote of the 20th century. As the Apollo 11 astronauts touched down on the moon and the first television transmissions made it to earth, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California was called to work. Responsible for altering the images to photo film, the photo development team there was first to see and handle most of the now-famous images. The consignor of this piece notes that her father was an industrial photographer and supervisor associated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's photo lab.

As the man behind the camera during the lunar surface EVAs, Neil Armstrong is absent from almost all photos from the lunar landing. Uninscribed and signed not only with his name, but also with the desirable addition of "Apollo 11," this represents the pinnacle of Armstrong signed photos.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #620 - Ended November 10, 2021

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