Apollo 17 tool kit achieves $79,959 in online auction
A complete tool kit flown on board Apollo 17, the most recent Moon landing, sold on May 23
A complete tool kit which was flown on board the Apollo 17 space mission was sold for $79,959 in an online auction which closed yesterday (May 23).
The Apollo 17 was the 11th and final manned mission in the US Apollo space program. The flight remains the most recent manned Moon landing. The tool kit is believed to be the last complete set in existence and the only one on board the mission, making it an exceedingly desirable item for space collectors. The 16-piece set, which surprisingly featured a rather standard set of tools, was accompanied in the sale by a full collection of records, including its release from bonded storage. It went to auction with a minimum bid of just $1,000. A scarce flown medal from the Apollo 17 mission brought $48,878 in the sale. The market for flown medals remains consistently strong; another Apollo 17 example sold for $38,837 on May 14.Paul Fraser Collectibles has compiled a superb investment portfolio of unique space memorabilia, ready to boost your collection.The auction also featured a fascinating array of aviation memorabilia, including a letter from Wilbur Wright.The letter was written on Wright Brothers headed paper to M Paul Tissandier, a student pilot of Wilbur's, discussing the brother's business and his hopes to "devote time to scientific experiments". Accompanied bythe original mailing envelope, the lettersold for $53,756.Paul Fraser Collectibles is pleased to offer the Charles Rolls collection of Wright Brothers aviation photographs to collectors at an excellent price. See our full selection of space and aviation memorabilia here.