Slice of space history goes under the hammer

Five hundred ‘space artifacts’ are set for the auctioneer’s block later this month – including a Playboy calendar photo that made it to the moon in 1969.

Amherst-based RR Auction says the collection features high-quality pieces spanning from the early US rocket program to the space shuttle era.


Amongst them is a photo of Playboy’s Miss August 1967, DeDe Lind, which was stashed in the Apollo 12 command module during its November 1969 lunar voyage, and signed and certified by command module pilot Richard Gordon.

Also included is the headset used to speak to the first men on the moon, worn by Charlie Duke on July 20, 1969 as capsule communicator for Apollo 11 during the first manned Moon landing.

Flight-flown American flags from each Apollo mission are also on the list. One, the Apollo 11 flag, is signed by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

There are also silver Robbins medals from each Apollo mission – offered as a complete series for the first time, says RR Auctions. The first Robbins Medals were created for the Apollo 7 mission after Walter Cunningham wanted a special medallion to take with him, but proved so popular that every mission into space since has carried on the tradition.

The auction will also feature signed photographs from all of the Mercury astronauts; the Apollo crews, including Apollo 1 and 11; the tragic Challenger crew; and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who in 1961 became the first human in outer space.

Items can currently be previewed on the company’s main site, with bidding running from January 13-20.