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Space auction results

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Signed photograph NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Apollo 11 autograph space exploration moon lunar mission RR Auction

Kath at RR here. The Space auction results for Oct. 19 were out of this world! (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) Last night, our consignors watched live with us as our bidders upped the ante over and over, into the night. It was certainly exciting for our consignor Dan Schaiewitz. An engineer at Cape Kennedy in the late 1960s, Dan’s experiences in the training and prepping for the Apollo moon missions were presented in his truly unique collection of items, and there was high interest in all of them.

It’s rare that buyers can obtain this level of firsthand space exploration memorabilia, and RR Auction was happy to share Dan’s items with diehard fans and our elite collectors.

We met Dan through his affiliation with the website collectSPACE, a group that loves the topic as much as we do. His accounts of working with the first men to orbit and walk on the moon, along with training and candid photos, were fun and fascinating.

Personally, I loved Dan’s photos of the parties at “the Astronaut Beach House.” Doesn’t that sound like a swingin’ 60s movie that should have happened?

Consignor success stories

We reached out to Dan and put together his selection of really cool stuff – including a tie tack flown for him in thanks from Neil Armstrong. It sold last night for an incredible $18,616. Dan was so happy, he kept sending us emails during the bidding:  “wow!”, then “WOW!”, then “WOW!!!” His excitement was so fun to share.

Subj: What a Ride!

What a wonderful dream! Please don’t wake me! I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it!

I can’t thank you and everyone else at RR for the work that you did toward making the results of my collection an incredible success! — Dan

We also enjoyed working with Geoff Notkin and Aerolite, to present our first selection of meteorites. You might know Geoff from his “Meteorite Men” show on the Science Channel. His offered meteorites did very well: the top two went for $9,499 and $7,851. I learned a lot talking with Geoff on our Rare and Remarkable Podcast before the auction. He has some neat stories about traveling the globe obtaining these rare treasures from space. Each was unique and beautiful in its own way. One of my favorites was the lunar meteorite (with signed certificate from moonwalker Charlie Duke!), that looks like a mini galaxy itself.

Geoff also had a great experience as a consignor:

“Thank you for working with us in such a rewarding and professional manner. We’ve worked with every major auction house that holds natural history auctions and consigning with RR Auction has been the best possible experience. Their personnel, their attention to detail, and their communication with clients are all exemplary.” — Geoff

This space auction was a blast

The thing about space auctions is, some of that stuff is huge! It’ll be nice to no longer have to squeeze past the giant rocket engines, turbo pumps, a mission-control stop light and models on my way to the staff kitchen. But it sure was neat getting to see those rare historical pieces in person.

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