Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s flight jacket, which he wore on the historic moon mission in 1969, sold for nearly $2.8 million in New York, auction house Sotheby’s said.
The front of the jacket features the NASA logo and the Apollo 11 mission insignia, just below Aldrin’s name tag.
It also has a United States flag on its left shoulder and is made of beta cloth, a fireproof fabric that became NASA’s space suit after three Apollo 1 astronauts died in a fire in their spacecraft during a ground test in 1967. I was included.
After the jacket, the second highest-grossing item in Tuesday’s auction was a summary flight plan of the Apollo 11 mission. It sold for $819,000, above the $100,000-$150,000 estimate.
Neil Armstrong and Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon. Aldrin, now 92, is the only surviving member of the mission’s three-man crew.