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First ‘space selfie’ sells for nearly 6,000 pounds at auction

The selfie was snapped by Aldrin during the Gemini 12 mission in November 1966.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Updated: March 1, 2015 3:01:46 pm

The first ‘selfie’ taken in space by NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1966 has fetched almost 6,000 pounds – ten times its estimate – at an auction in London.

The space selfie was part of a collection of 700 vintage NASA photographs that sold for a total of 489,440 pounds at London’s Bloomsbury Auction. The selfie was snapped by Aldrin during the Gemini 12 mission in November 1966 and fetched 5,952 pounds at the auction.

The auction on February 26 lasted nearly ten hours and brought in a total of 489,440 pounds from over 300 bidders, ‘Business Insider’ reported. The photos, from a previously unseen private collection, were NASA originals, bearing a unique stamp, caption and identification number.

The first photograph from space that was taken on October 24, 1946, sold for 1,736 pounds while the first high quality colour photograph of the whole Earth taken in November 1967 sold for 1,984 pounds.

The first photo of a man standing on the surface of another world, which showed Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, sold for 3,472 pounds.

The auction also featured a portrait of Aldrin with photographer Armstrong reflected in his gold-plated visor taken during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969 which fetched 11,160 pounds.

A picture of the first Earth rise seen by human eyes taken by astronaut William Anders from Apollo 8 in December 1968 went under the hammer for 9,920 pounds.

Three pictures from the personal photograph album of Ed White, which record his spacewalk, performed on Gemini 4 in 1965, the first by an American, sold for a total of 26,908 pounds.

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