Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 jacket has been auctioned for $2.7 million. The jacket worn by Buzz while flying to the Moon has been sold at a New York auction for $2.7 million. Isn’t that insane?
The Apollo 11 jacket was worn by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during the historic first mission to the moon in the year 1969. Keep reading to catch more details about the auction that took place in New York.
Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 jacket has been sold for $2.7 Million
A white, Teflon-coated jacket worn by the astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the iconic mission to space has been sold for a whopping price of $2,772,500. Aldrin went on the space mission along with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.
As of now, the name of the bidder has not been revealed. The unidentified winning bidder participated in the auction by phone and beat everyone to bag the jacket in his kitty. The jaw-dropping bid has surpassed the amount that the auction house estimated the item would sell for by nearly a million.
For those of you who are unversed, let us tell you that Buzz’s Apollo 11 jacket was a part of Sotheby’s “Buzz Aldrin: American Icon” collection. It was a big highlight of Sotheby’s Geek Week and consisted of historic items consigned directly by Aldrin. He carefully conserved all these items from his famous space missions, including Gemini XII and Apollo 11.
Flight plans for Apollo 11’s mission were sold for a massive $819,000 meanwhile Aldrin also gave away his Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, which he received in 1969, for $277, 200.
More details about Buzz Alrdin’s Apollo 11 Jacket
Buzz Aldrin’s extraordinarily-priced space jacket contains Buzz’s name tag on the left side above the Apollo 11 mission emblem. It also features the American flag on the left shoulder.
The historic jacket worn by Aldrin is made of a fire-resistant material known as Beta cloth. Back in the day, the cloth was included in spacesuits as a response to any situation that involves fire. According to the reports of Sotheby, three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 passed away in 1967, due to a mishap fire incident.
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first astronauts to walk on the moon
Yes, that’s true. These two astronauts made history by becoming the first astronauts to walk on the moon. The two of them walked on the moon on July 20, 1969. They were the first of the 12 human beings to walk on the moon.
Four of America’s moonwalkers are still alive with us. The names of the astronauts who are still alive are as follows: Aldrin (Apollo 11), David Scott (Apollo 15), Charles Duke (Apollo 16), and Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17).
Three astronauts got the opportunity to make a journey from earth to the moon not once but twice: James Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), John Young (Apollo 10 and Apollo 16), and Gene Cernan (Apollo 10 and Apollo 17).
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