John Russell's Moon engravings will headline Christie's auction

A pair of copperplate engravings of the Moon by John Russell is expected to make £100,000-150,000 ($124,385-186,577) at Christie's.

John Russell Moon
Russell's illustration displays an extraordinary level of detail

Painter Russell drew the maps while looking through a telescope in 1805-1806. One shows the Moon in a flat light while the other includes some hypothetical shading.

Both are extraordinarily detailed and will be among the lead lots of a sale of historical books and manuscripts in London on December 1.

A globe featuring Russell's lunar observations sold for $242,500 at Bonhams New York in 2012.

We have a remarkable collection of signatures from all 12 men who've walked on the Moon for sale.

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