Vintage NASA photos headed to auction

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 3:10 PM

Scarce photos taken by iconic astronauts love John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are presently on the auction block.

Vintage NASA photos headed to auction

Scarce photos taken by iconic astronauts love John Glenn and Neil Armstrong are presently on the auction block.

The vintage photographs will be sold by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Marlborough, Mass. People can leave bids online starting later this week and the live auction will get space on November two.

The prints up for sale comprise the first ever photo of the Earth from space and an image of a footprint made by astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. Other photos comprise a shot of the original seven project Mercury astronauts, the Nile River and the Ruddy Sea from space, and a print of Eugene Cernan, the latest man on the moon.

The photos were printed around the time the negative was made. A spokeswoman for Skinner said it'south unclear how many were made during that time.

Many of the prints have original NASA marks, captions, identifying numbers and Kodak paper watermarks.

Three of the vintage NASA prints up for auction.

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This is the first U. S. auction to focus only on vintage photographs taken from one thousand nine hundred sixty-one to one thousand nine hundred seventy-two by NASA, according to the auction house.

"While the astronaut'south primary goal was to record their activities, they were inspired by what they witnessed, creating images that transcend documentation, allowing viewers to share in the magic and excitement of space travel," Skinner said in a statement.

The auction house is selling four hundred forty-six lots -- a duration in the auction world used to characterize an individual or grouping of objects for sale as a single unit. For example, one lot could comprise four photographs.

Astronaut John Glenn captured this image of the Sunday illuminating the Earth. It'south the first photograph from space taken by man.

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The auction house believes the prints will appeal to both space enthusiasts and photography collectors.

"[The photos] can be appreciated for their historical and documentary appeal, but also as a form of artistic expression," Michelle Lamunière, a specialist of fine photography at Skinner, told CNN Tech. "The definition of what'south art remains fluid."

The cost of the images varies from $300 to $9.000. Public previews of the photos will be held on October thirty-one and November one.

The photographs came from a single collector who's chosen to stay anonymous.

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