08-02-15

Vintage NASA photographs to go on sale in London

President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson visit Dr. Wernher von Braun

One of the greatest collections of vintage NASA photographs is currently on display at Mallett Antiques before going to auction at Bloomsbury Auctions in London at the end of this month.

The collection, "From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs," features more than 600 photographs taken by NASA's pioneering astronauts in space and on the Moon, many of which are previously unseen.

After each mission NASA released only a small proportion of the astronauts' photographs to the public and news media. The remainder were accessible only to accredited researchers in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, from where most of this exceptional collection is sourced.

Lot no. 80
Buzz Aldrin - First selfportrait in space, Gemini 12, November 1966. 

Notable highlights in the sale include the first 'selfie' taken in space by Buzz Aldrin, the only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, and the personal photograph album of Ed White recording his spacewalk.

Also in the sale are seventy rare large-format vintage photographs specially produced by NASA for presentation.


James McDivitt - First US Spacewalk - Ed White's EVA over New Mexico, Gemini 4, 3 June 1965

Sarah Wheeler, Head of Photographs at Bloomsbury Auctions said; "These photographs are more than merely documentary, many are simply sublime. They represent a golden age in the history of photography as well, when a few men went to the unknown to bring back awe-inspiring pictures. The view of the first Earthrise over the lunar horizon changed Man's relationship with the cosmos forever."

Lot no. 299
Richard Gordon - The Arabian Peninsula and the Red Sea from Space, Gemini 11, September 1966

Lot no. 341
Alan Shepard - The landing site Fra Mauro in the lunar
sunlight, Apollo 14, February 1971


Lot no. 352
Eugene Cernan - Harrison Schmitt at Tracy’s Rock, Apollo 17, December 1972


Lot no. 355
Ronald Evans - The crescent Earth rising from behind the Moon, Apollo 17, December 1972

Lot no. 377
Pete Conrad - Alan Bean with the reflection of the photographer in his visor, EVA 2, Apollo 12, November 1969

Lot no 541
Alfred Worden - UV photograph of the Crescent Earth seen during the return from the Moon, Apollo 15, August 1971

Lot no 576
Liftoff, Apollo 16, April 1972  

All the photographs in the sale wear the original NASA stamps, captions and identification numbers, with estimates ranging from £300 to £10,000.

From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA photographs will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions' saleroom in London's Mayfair on Thursday 26th February 2015.

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