The fabulous amount that the jacket worn by Buzz Aldrin on Apollo 11 sold for
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 27 July 2022, at 09:03 am Los Angeles time
The jacket worn by American astronaut Buzz Aldrin during his 1969 flight to the moon aboard Apollo 11 was sold at auction for $2.7 million on Tuesday in New York, Sotheby's announced.
The white jacket, emblazoned with an American flag, NASA initials, an Apollo 11 mission badge, and the name "E. ALDRIN", is part of a personal collection of objects that the 92-year-old astronaut decided to put up for sale.
"This extremely rare item of clothing was chased by multiple bidders for nearly ten minutes before being sold to a telephone bidder," Sotheby's said in a statement.
"After deep reflection, I felt the time was right to share with the world these objects, which for many are symbols of a historical moment, but for me have always remained personal memories of a life dedicated to science and exploration," he said last week. Aldrin, the last surviving member of the three-astronaut Apollo 11 flight crew, said in a statement.
He explained that the jacket was separate from the spacesuit he wore during the moonwalk with fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, but that he wore it during the flight to and from the moon.
"I wore this Inflight Coverall Jacket ... in the Columbia Command Module on our historic trip to the Moon and back home during the Apollo 11 mission," Aldrin said.
The suits worn on the moon by Aldrin and Armstrong are part of the collections of the National Space Museum in Washington.