Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


Neil Armstrong’s space boot that nearly went to the moon, a spacesuit and space medals have sold for £97K at auction.

The out of this world pieces went under the hammer with RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts, concluding last week.

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A prototype Apollo A7L lunar boot created for first man on the moon, which had ‘Armstrong’ stitched into the shoe’s tongue sold for $49k (£38k).

The silver, gold and blue boot would have been used for a primary flight, backup or in training activities before it was rejected for unknown reasons.

Parts of the shoe would go onto the be repurposed by the designers and used on other items for NASA.

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Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction, said: “It’s a rare artefact that offers unique insight into the intensive design and quality assurance placed upon the very boot worn by Armstrong over the course of his quarter-of-a-million-mile journey to become the first human being to set foot on the moon.”

The original 1970s Soviet Sokol-K space suit with the flag of the USSR on the shoulder and Salyut program patch on the breast sold for $9.8k (£7.7k)

It was designed to be ‘rescue suit’ and was designed to keep the wearer alive in the event of accidental depressurisation in the spacecraft.

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Meanwhile, a collection of 52 Space Shuttle Robbins medallions that honour space shuttles and expeditions missions, sold for a whopping $19.5k (£15.4k)

These accompany Apollo 11 Engineer’s manuals that sold for $9.8k (£7.7k), a signed Neil Armstrong photograph for $4.2k (£3.3k), a signed copy of ‘Apollo: Ten Years of Tranquillity’ for $3.9k (£3.1k) and more.

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