By Josh Saunders
An out of this world auction selling off a heart recording from the first step on the moon, space flown parts, glove, spacesuit and more could fetch HALF A MILLION DOLLARS (375kGBP)
Over 400 otherworldly lots will go under the hammer next month (NOV 10th) at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, USA, and online.
The most expensive lot, a signed Apollo guidance computer that helped to collect flight information for safe moon landings, estimated at $35,000 (26kGBP)
The EKG strip that recorded Neil Armstrong’s heart rate during his ‘giant leap for mankind’ as the first man on moon in 1969 and estimated at $30,000 (22kGBP)
A small US flag from Apollo 11, signed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at $30,000 (22kGBP) and a space flown microform bible for $25,000 (18kGBP).
Other items include the spacesuit glove belonging to Helen Sharman who was the first Brit in space in 1991, a soviet launch key sent into space with Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space and more.
Michael Riley, Chief Cataloguer & Historian at Heritage Auctions, said: “This EKG strip was recorded at the exact moment that Neil Armstrong took that historic first step on the moon on July 20, 1969.
“All astronauts during the Apollo program were wired so that the earth could easily track their vital signs.
“It was recorded at Mission Control Center at the console of Medical Director Dr. Charles A. Berry who saved it, cut it into five pieces, and presented them to other physicians.
“I can imagine there might be a few Cardiologists out there who would love to own this amazing item.
“I’m excited in that we have a number of important and historical artifacts, many never before offered to the public, as well as a wide and varying selection of Space memorabilia.
“There should be something for collectors in every specialty: flown items, autographs, original NASA photos, philatelic and numismatic material, vintage models, early aviation, parts, souvenir collectibles, etc.
“We specialize in U.S. material but have some awesome Soviet/Russian lots as well.
“The 400-plus lots opening at a $1 minimum bid should appeal to collectors on a budget.”
Heritage boast a variety of lots from signed autographs to even a fragmented heat shield from Apollo 8 that withstood 5000 degree heat and speeds of 24,6000mph, to perform 10 orbits of the moon.
One item, a Micrometeoroid garment, estimated at $8,000 (6kGBP) was pivotal to understanding the development of the spacesuit.
Michael said: “The design of the Apollo spacesuit was a long and tedious process, taking years to perfect.
“This early prototype of a Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment dates from the period when the plan was to use the TMG over the pressure suit.
“Its purpose was to protect the astronaut from thermal solar radiation and micrometeoroids that could puncture the suit.
“Eventually, the A7L suit that was used in the Apollo program had the TMG integrated into the suit itself.”
Michael highlighted items that could surprise bidders, including a three-foot-tall 1/20 scale Marshall Space Flight Centre model of Apollo command, service and lunar modules (lot 50062) and others.
He added: “A massive 42 inches wide three-dial wall clock that was on the wall at Cape Canaveral’s Blockhouse 19 where all the Gemini missions were launched – what a great item for display (lot 50015).
“An Apollo 14 Franklin Mint medal (lot 50159) that flew to the moon with the crew.
“What makes this interesting is that it’s the first example we are aware of to come from Commander Alan Shepard’s collection.
“This is a ‘must have’ for flown medal collectors.”
Heritage Auctions Space Exploration lot will go under the hammer on November 10th in Dallas, Texas and online.
Michael said: “This sale is 100% unreserved and the minimum bids are legitimate.
“For anyone who can’t attend the live auction on November 10th, our online bidding platform, Heritage Live!, is the next best thing to being here.
“Also, all of our autographs are thoroughly vetted internally and also by a known space-specialist expert, if he has any doubts whatsoever, we don’t offer it.”
To find out more or to bid visit: www.ha.com