Space exploration has come a long way since humans first landed on the moon. Now, never-before-released photos from the iconic Project Apollo mission are now falling under the hammer. This includes the first selfie taken in space.
Later this month, the Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) and Chicago’s Wright Auctions will collaborate to present. One Giant Leap for Mankind: vintage photos from the Victor Martin-Malburet collection.The sale is meant to coincide with Project Apollo’s 50th anniversary, as well as to mark the start of NASA’s next voyage to the moon with Artemis I in November. The lot will feature more than 300 original historical photographs during the mission. and later researched and compiled by Victor Martin-Malburet. during a period of 25 years
“D [Apollo] Astronauts are often portrayed as great scientists and heroes. But few regard them as the most important photographers of all time.” Martin-Malburet said in a statement The highlight of this lot is the first photograph taken by humans on the surface of another world. It was signed by the entire Apollo 17 crew. Named One Giant Leap, this print was taken by Neil Armstrong and is estimated to fetch anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. Another rare find is a vintage Neil Armstrong print. The first and only large scale known on the lunar surface. The bid is expected to reach $50,000.
There’s also The Blue Marble, the first human-taking photograph of Earth, as well as First Earthrise, the first unpublished color photograph of Earthrise seen by humans. Taken by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, it’s ready for grabs. Or you can capture the first selfie in lunar orbit taken by William Anders.
Martin-Malburet said: “The incredible images of the James Space Telescope. Webb published earlier this year reminds us that the trajectories of space exploration and imaging technology are still inextricably linked” in today’s digital age. It’s easy to forget that Project Apollo and its extraordinary technical achievements came when photography was still analog. which requires chemistry, film and photo paper that is sensitive to light.”
This collection will go up for auction on October 28 in Chicago.
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