Apollo 1 crew photograph to exceed $5,000?

A photograph signed by all three members of the Apollo 1 crew is to auction with an opening bid of $5,000 at Nate D Sanders on July 30.

Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were the astronauts chosen for the first stage of the Apollo manned space programme in 1967.

Apollo 1 astronauts
The 1967 Apollo 1 programme ended in disaster

They were killed in a cabin fire during a test launch at Cape Canaveral.

The fire was attributed to a series of problems in the command module.

Mission controller Gene Kranz explained afterwards: "We were too 'gung-ho' about the schedule and we blocked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work.

"Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we."

An Apollo 15 insurance cover is offered with an opening bid of $250.

The lot is signed by Al Worden, Jim Scott and Dave Irwin and comes from Worden's own collection.

Insurance covers were intended as a way of ensuring that if astronauts were killed on their mission, their families would be provided with a source of income.

Apollo 11 covers are the most valuable, often selling for five figure sums at auction. One made $46,875 at Heritage Auctions in 2013.

We have a fascinating selection of space memorabilia for sale.

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