This is going to head up for auction in the near future. The instruction manual that was used by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to get to the moon in 1969 is going up for auction. It’s expected to fetch around $9m and will go on sale at an auction at Christie’s.
In life, the modern demand for money means that we often see items we would class as priceless being sold for cheap sums of money. People selling off prized sporting medals, celebrities selling off old guitars, that kind of thing. Poverty, and rising from poverty to fame, can see people make decisions that are based on their immediate needs.
It’s easy to see how it happens, too; what use is memorabilia if you cannot eat tonight? Sometimes, though, you see something go up for auction that simply shocks you. Like the instruction manual for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
This space-themed auction is going to have some amazing things up for sale, with some of it going for millions, all in the name of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.
The book, named The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book, was part of the reason why those two men got to the moon and back. We have to admit, though, it’s funny, the concept of two men reading an instruction manual to work it out the same way you would with a new washing machine or chainsaw.
It’s got all of the sales pitch that you need, too, such as the fact that it seemingly sat between the two fellas when Armstrong said those famous words: ‘The Eagle has landed.’
A huge piece of human history
Going to the Moon, then, was one of the major moments of the previous century. In a century dominated by war and bloodlust, it was a rare moment of human achievement that would make you cheer rather than cry. This book, then, seemingly played a key role in helping such an amazing achievement take place to begin with.
Indeed, there is even a section within the book that speaks about whether or not the astronauts should just stay on the Moon. According to the Head of Books and Manuscripts at Christie’ America, Christina Geiger, it’s ‘almost like a choose your own adventure,’
With around 150 annotations included within the book, too, many people find it quite exciting to be able to see the mind of these men at work.
Traces of what is seemingly ‘lunar dust’ has been found on the pages, too, as well as all manner of other interesting pieces of information and minor factoids that we are sure will be of huge interest to those who grew up watching this momentous moment in history take place.
Without doubt, this is going to be one of the most in-demand items to have ever been put up for auction from this most incredible feat of human achievement: a reminder of what we can do when we aren’t all bickering.