New York auction house Bonhams holding Space History auction on 47th anniversary of Moon landing

New York auction house Bonhams holding Space History auction on 47th anniversary of Moon landing

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission’s astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin kept their first step on the moon.

On that anniversary this year, New York auction house Bonhams has decided to organize a Space History auction, an event that will give an uncommon glance to visitors at some exciting artifacts from the space age, like the ones from the Apollo 11 flight and Soyuz missions.

The auction is going to be of items, including astronaut training equipment, real astronauts-signed documents, full size models of satellites, spacesuits, navigation tools used for space and photographic prints.

It is just lately when such artifacts have started becoming assessable in this way. The aircrafts’ ownership from government-run space missions may be unclear, with a few saying that they belonged to the individual and some argued that the federal government possessed their rights.

Bonhams mentioned that all this saw a change four years back when President Obama signed into law a bill stating that the crew members of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, dating through the end of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, would get the full ownership of, and obvious title to artifacts obtained at the time of their missions. The bill added that the Federal Government won’t have any claim to any artifacts ‘transferred, sold, or assigned to a third party by an astronaut described in subsection’.

This week, 47 years back the Apollo 11 mission of NASA took humans on the moon first time year, and the anniversary has been giving chances to own a part of the earlier achievements in space. For instance, on Wednesday, New York’s Bonhams auction house is holding a sale of hundreds of the US and Russian space programs’ artifacts.

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