Ten most expensive items of space memorabilia On the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to journey into outer space, Wikicollecting.org takes a look at the 10 most expensive items of space memorabilia...
the insignia as they wished the badge to represent everyone who worked towards the lunar landing.
8) Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 slide rule - $77,675
This Picket model N600-ES Log Log Speed Rule is a computational tool, which could have been useful in the event of a computer malfunction, and was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 11 by Buzz Aldrin.
The tool, which came with a signed Letter of Authenticity from Aldrin, was sold for $77,675 at Heritage’s Air & Space Auction in September 2007.
9) Apollo crewman optical alignment sight - $65,725
The Apollo crewman optical alignment sight (or COAS) is an essential piece of equipment used on the Apollo CSM and the LM for rendezvous, docking, mid-course corrections, descent and ascent from the lunar surface and re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere.
The COAS can be seen as a ‘telescope’ of sorts, providing astronauts with a line-of-sight attitude reference image, enabling him to target a docking location from the ship, up to 150 feet away.
On October 7 2009, the Crewman Optical Alignment Sight used in the Apollo 16 mission was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries for $65,735.
10) Apollo 14 space suit name tag - $59,750
A name tag which belonged to Dr Edgar Mitchell of Apollo 14 was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries in 2010 for $59,750.
The tag, which is marked with his surname and with a signed endorsement on the back, is one of just nine extant nametags worn by an astronaut who has walked on the Moon.