More than 70 original NASA images, including a famous photo of Aldrin walking on the moon by Neil Armstrong, sold for more than 155,000 euros (about Rs 1.3 crore) at auction in Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Aldrin’s image, which received 5,373 euros (about 4 4,52,000), shows the astronaut on the moon’s surface during the first human lunar landing in July 1969. It was famously used on the cover of Life magazine.
Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, is seen in the reflection of Aldrin’s visa.
During the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s, a total of 74 NASA photographs, including 26 taken to the moon, were put up for sale.
“We sold 73 of the 64 pictures,” Brun Rasmussen told AFP.
The auction house was estimated to have raised around 190,000 euros (about Rs 1.6 crore), put up for sale by a foreign collector who asked to remain anonymous.
The most valuable item was the first shot of an “Arthritis” photographed by US astronaut William Anders, which sold for 11,800 euros (about, 9,93,000) when it orbited the moon on Apollo 8 in December 1968.
The last time humans set foot on the moon was during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, but NASA is planning to send astronauts again in 2025-2026.