Selfies and photos always garner attention, even more so when it’s the first-ever selfie taken in space! American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on their Apollo 11 mission, not only walked the walk but also took pictures, a selfie, to be specific. A still photograph of the famous moonwalk is heading to Bonhams. Part of the “Space Photography” sale is an out-of-the-world, pun intended, rare 70mm photograph from the legendary Apollo 11 mission. It captures Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the lunar surface and is touted as the mission’s only full-body photograph.
The one that caught our eye is a space selfie taken by Buzz Aldrin during his Gemini XII spacewalk. Partaking in the selfie are the Agena Target Vehicle antennae to the left, the Maurer 16mm sequence camera partially visible in the foreground, and the ASA ID in red, “S-66-62926,” printed on the sides. Talk about being ahead of their time; Aldrin surely didnt know he would be the man that started what would be a rage decades later.
The 8 x 10 inches picture is estimated to fetch between $15,000 -$20,000. In 2017, Sotheby’s auctioned Buzz Aldrin’s photo captured by Neil Armstrong during his lunar stroll. The image was rumored to bag anywhere between $3,000-$5,000. Fifty years after the mission, Bonhams also offered particles of lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission for $1.2 million.