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50th Anniversary of the Moon landing auction


National Museum of the U.S. Air Force celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first step on the moon, An auction will be taking place in Cannes on July 21st. Memorabilia, photographs, newspapers articles, books signed by Neil Armstrong and other American astronauts will be auctioned.   

This date coincides perfectly with the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing. Indeed, that “small step for man and giant leap for mankind” happened on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong is not the only one who signed souvenirs linked to the first landing of men on the moon. For instance, an original comic of “Tintin Explorers of the Moon” published in 1954 and signed by the entire Apollo 11 crew, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, will be on offer.

Named after Jules Verne’s famous book “From the Earth to the Moon,” it is the only auction with such a large collection of space exploration memorabilia in France this year. A total of 138 lots will be up for sale with opening bids ranging from €30 to €12,000. There will even be pieces of the original Apollo spaceship capsule that landed on the moon in 1969. Collectors of original work will be able to find among the lots, a signed postcard from the artist. Besides moon meteorite particles, signed comics and original collectables, there will be album covers such as “Blue Moon” by Frank Sinatra, “45T” by Armstrong and “Walking on the Moon” signed by the group Police. As well as other postcards signed by various celebrities like Clément Ader (engineer and pioneer of the French aviation) and Louis Blériot (French aviator).     

The auction comes just after a partial lunar eclipse earlier this week, as the Sun, Earth and the Moon lined up together. This partial eclipse was visible all across France, a total of 65% of the moon’s surface falling into the shadow of the earth. This unique auction is organised by Cannes Enchères and will take place at the Hotel des ventes on July 21st. All the lots are exposed two days to the public (July 19 and 20), from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2.30 to 6 pm. On July 21st the auction hall will open at from 10 am to 12 pm and will welcome collectors and visitors alike.