Above: Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 lunar surface-flown Double Star Chart. Sold by RR Auction for $50,618.
Spectacular Space auction results –
and a great testimonial
RR Auction’s April Space auction was another smashing success, as important space exploration artifacts were obtained by passionate collectors. More than 20 items achieved a hammer price over $10,000, eight over $20k, and the top lot earning nearly six figures. Here are the auction results.
The top lot was a superb archive of 26 items by Dr. Wernher von Braun related to the iconic ‘Man Will Conquer Space Soon!’ series, which appeared in Collier’s Magazine between 1952 and 1954, which achieved a final sales price of $98,644.
Astronaut-validated flown artifacts did extremely well in the auction. An incredible Apollo 11 lunar surface-flown double star chart, signed and flight-certified by Buzz Aldrin, garnered $50,618. Dave Scott’s signed and certified Apollo 15 lunar surface-flown combined LRV ‘Photo’ and ‘Contour’ maps were purchased for $49,889. Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 lunar surface-used Rover map achieved $45,353.
A unique collection of 109 unflown Space Shuttle Robbins medallions – 102 sterling silver medals and 7 rare pre-production bronze examples – went for $49,000. The top results are further listed below.
‘I felt like family’
RR Auction is always so pleased to work with NASA engineer and collectSPACE member Daniel Schaiewitz; we guess the feeling is mutual, because he and wife Nilda were kind enough to drive over to see us in New Hampshire so Dan could film this incredible testimonial video:
With nearly two dozen items in this auction, Dan had a great showing in our most recent auction. His top sold artifact in April was a spiral-bound training cuff checklist personally worn and used by Apollo 15 LMP Jim Irwin and Schaiewitz, which sold for $4,577.
One of Dan’s items also received some rather amusing press.
Top auction results for April Space
($10k or higher):
Wernher von Braun Archive: $98,644
Apollo 1 Signed Photograph, $34,549
Dave Scott’s Apollo 15 EVA Cue Card, $18,528
Apollo Model, $16,114
Mercury 7 Signed Photograph, $13,133
SpaceShipOne Flown Beanie Baby, $10,412
Sericho Pallasite Meteorite Slice, $10,412