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A few items auctioned from space

08 May 2014, 15:21

Berlin - A Russian space capsule put up for auction on Wednesday in Brussels is not the first item stemming from a space mission to have gone under the hammer.

Here are some other examples:

Camera: A Japanese businessman this year spent $919 428 for a camera that had travelled to the moon with the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. The astronaut James Irwin reportedly used the Hasselblad Lunar Module Pilot camera to take almost 300 photographs. It was put on auction by the Austria-based WestLicht gallery.

Underwear: In 2013, bidders in the United States offered thousands of dollars for white cotton full-body underwear belonging to astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. He was said to have worn the garment only during training, but he had been wearing the same model when he became the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.

Toothbrush: A blue plastic toothbrush that Aldrin had with him on the moon also was put on sale in the US last year with an estimated value of up to $24 000. Heritage Auctions described it as having "signs of use" but otherwise being in "very fine condition".

Space capsule: A Soviet Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule was acquired for $2.9m in 2011 by a Russian bidder at a Sotheby's auction in New York. The capsule had been used to fly a dog and a cosmonaut-like doll into space.

Moon dust: Several items featuring moon dust found a new owner in 2001 during an auction at Christie's in New York, altogether for more than $1.5m. They included a lunar landscape map and spacesuit patches.



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