Space and aviation memorabilia market: 2012 auction review

For space collectors, 2012 was marked by a sad event - the death of Neil Armstrong. However, the passing of the world's greatest astronaut prompted a resurgence in the sector and sent values for the top Apollo memorabilia rocketing.

The year saw aviation collectors looking toward the world famous Wright Brothers once more, yet it also brought legendary aviators such as Howard Hughes to the fore. Auction houses presented some remarkable lots, with WWII Spitfires and Hurricanes offered in landmark sales.

Top sales…

Moon Meteorite
The meteorite features numerous impact melt breccias

It was a breakout year for…

The Tissint fall of 2011 is the most recent Martian meteorite landing on Earth

  • Meteorites. With the headline-grabbing sale of the fourth largest Moon meteorite in October and fragments from the widely-publicised Tissint Martian meteorite also being offered, space rocks have drawn global attention toward space memorabilia in 2012.

A year to forget for…

  • Bill Clinton's Laptop computer. The computer which Bill Clinton used to send the first presidential email - a message to astronaut John Glenn in space - was put up for sale on eBay for $125,000 in November. Unfortunately, the final bid of the auction has yet to be announced, suggesting a less than desirable result.

One you may have missed…

  • A giant photo mosaic of the Moon's surface, which was created using images captured by NASA's Lunar Orbiter IV, sold for $98,500 at Bonhams in December. The mosaic is one of just two known to exist, with the other thought to have been lost.

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