Space Exploration Consignment
On July 20, 1969 the entire world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, two NASA astronauts, become the first humans to walk on the moon. In honor of the 50thanniversary of this incredible achievement, Sotheby’s held their third annual Space Exploration sale since our first two groundbreaking Russian Space History Sales in 1993 and 1996.
Sotheby’s is the world market leader in this category, holding the world record for the most expensive space artifacts ever sold in both the American and Russian categories, including the Flown Apollo 11 Lunar Sample return bag (sold 1,812,500 USD), the Vostok 3KA-2 Spaceship (sold 2,882,500 USD), and the only known documented samples of the moon available for private ownership, first sold in 1993, and then again in 2018 (sold 855,000 USD).
We have established ourselves as a hub for the growing demand among global collectors for all types of unique space-related artifacts. Highly desirable consignments from both the American and Russian space programs include anything from lunar and space photography, flown mission artifacts and hardware, personal collections of astronauts, autographed items, maps and charts, signed books, models and spacesuits. When you are ready to sell space exploration objects, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price. To start, simply submit your images and information through our easy-to-use online estimate form for a complimentary evaluation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When does Sotheby’s sell rare space exploration artifacts?Sotheby’s holds a once a year Space Exploration sale live in our New York Sales room. Our July 2019 sale was presented to coincide with the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing and realised 5,517,000 USD at auction.
- What are the most collectible types of space exploration objects?Lunar Artifacts sell for sky-high prices and demand among global enthusiasts and collectors is growing for all types of rare and one-of-a-kind space objects including those associated with stars, a moonwalk, space capsule, spaceship, command module, command service module, rocket, shuttle, Eagle, Columbia, sputnik, Soyuz, launch, moon landing, lunar surface, ILC Dover, EVA, Vostok, Sokol, Orlan, DSKY, Block II, earthrise, CSM, LM, and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8. Consign today to sell your space exploration artifacts for the highest price.