Heritage's long awaited Space Memorabilia Auction finally concluded yesterday with a number of fine pieces exciting bidders, especially from the Apollo missions.
As expected, the top lot was a nametag belonging to Dr Edgar Mitchell of Apollo 14. The piece, marked with his surname and with a signed endorsement on the back, is one of just 12 to exist, being a nametag worn by an astronaut who has walked on the moon.
So there are only nine nametags belonging to moonwalkers in existence. Bidders at Heritage recognised the moon dust-smeared item as particularly valuable and it was sold, to an internet bidder for $59,750.
A surprise second place in the auction went to an Earth Landmark Maps & Photos Book, flown round the moon on Apollo 10.
The book consists of seventy-one pages of colour Earth terrain photos followed by 207 colour Earth Landmark maps, all on lightweight three hole-punched paper and each with a plastic-coated tab; all are bound with three binder rings between two cardstock covers.
The front cover has a Beta cloth Apollo 10 mission insignia on it, and the whole piece is in excellent condition.
The book was from the personal collection of Command Module Pilot John W Young and was signed by him. It had been estimated at $8,000-10,000, but several bidders thought this was too low and by the close of yesterday's sale it had been pushed all the way up to $43,318.75.
Collectors who wish to get closer to moonwalkers and the Apollo missions may want to take a look at this portfolio which is currently on the market.