Bonhams in New York City held a “Space History” auction on Wednesday: The space auction where a Sputnik model goes for $269,000 – The Verge (lots of pictures included)
More than 280 items were for sale at Bonhams; all told, they racked up a combined total of $1,315,063. Among the most expensive items was a set of 15 gold-colored plaster casts of the right hand of 15 NASA astronauts, including those of Neil Armstrong and the ubiquitous Buzz Aldrin. The casts, which sold for $155,000, were used to make perfectly fitting space suit gloves in 1967. A flown space suit worn in 2003 by Don Pettit aboard the Soyuz TMA-1, following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, sold for $62,500.
This article discusses not just the Bonham auction but space memorabilia collecting in general: Buying Space Memorabilia Can Be Cheaper Than You’d Think – WIRED
Still, [Robert Pearlman of collectSpace.com] says, it doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. “You don’t need to be able to afford anything more than a stamp,” he says, to send NASA a request for an astronaut autograph. “Bonhams represents a very specific audience. Their bid amounts and their valuations are high—not unheard of and not unwarranted for what they’re auctioning. But for under $100, you could build a very respectable collection.”
The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is currently displaying a collection of Apollo 11 related artifacts: Smithsonian debuts Neil Armstrong gloves on display, reveals Apollo 11 3D model – collectSPACE.
Check out the new interactive 3D model of the Apollo 11 capsule here. This video is about the making of the digital model of the capsule: