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Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)

Auction:
3048M
Lot:
194
Sold for:
$2,091$1,700

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3048M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
November 02, 2017 10:00AM

Description:

Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)
The first photograph taken by man on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11, July 1969. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 8 x 7 5/8 in. (20.3 x 19.2 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Good.

N.B. This image was captured by Armstrong after his famous first words on the Moon: 'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' According to the mission plan, Armstrong was supposed to collect in priority a contingency sample of lunar surface material in case of emergency return. But he chose instead to photograph his first steps on the Sea of Tranquility. In the photograph, the golden-covered landing leg of the LM and a transfer equipment bag between Eagle and the lunar surface are visible. This image was not published outside of NASA and is extremely rare. The NASA negative number is AS11-40-5850.

Literature: Reynolds, p. 113.
Estimate $700-900

The print is in very good condition, subtle wear to corners of the sheet. No additional issues to report.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Kodak, Apollo 11, Economy of the United States, Mare Tranquillitatis, Moon, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Outer space, Spaceflight

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