RR Auction is selling a large set of Apollo related items from the estate of noted space collector Leon Ford. The auction includes some items that were taken to the Moon and returned by astronauts: Space collector’s legacy heads to auction: Leon Ford’s NASA artifacts for sale – collectSPACE.
Among the highlights of Ford’s collection was a pouch that held some of Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin’s personal mementos as they were flown to lunar orbit and back. The Personal Preference Kit (PPK) bag had already attracted bids topping $25,000 when absentee pre-bidding closed on Wednesday.
Other exceptional artifacts include a life support backpack strap worn by Apollo 12 commander Pete Conrad on the moon’s surface, selling for more than $36,000; a U.S. flag from Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden’s spacesuit, with bids already above $20,000; and a drawing depicting NASA’sMercury and Gemini spacecraft autographed by all of the astronauts who flew on the capsules, at $25,000.
Here is an eCatalog of the collection.
And here is a video about the collection: