Have a spare $100,000?

Posted by David Eicher
on Friday, April 29, 2011

If so, you just might be able to win the bidding for Alexei Leonov’s flown space suit from the Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission, July 15–19, 1975. It’s just one item among many dozens of space-related memorabilia in an auction to be held May 5, 2011, by Bonhams in New York. This big space auction is loaded with unusual and one-of-a-kind items for the collector who has everything and misses the heyday when space exploration was more aggressively funded.

Photo credit: Bonhams 1793
Among the other treasures: the collar tag from Ham, the chimp who beat Yuri Gagarin into space; President John F. Kennedy’s letter to NASA Administrator James Webb urging NASA to beat the Soviets to the Moon; two lots of material landed on the Moon from the estates of Apollo astronauts; and The Fédération Aeronautique Internationale certificate regarding Alan Shepard’s first flight into space, signed by Shepard. Numerous other artifacts relating to early space exploration are contained within the sale.

For more information, see http://www.bonhams.com/usa/spacesale.

Even if you’re not bringing a Woodrow Wilson note (that’s a $100,000 gold certificate), you may find something of unusual interest for much less. Check it out!

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