Russian Spacesuits Go Up For Sale As Part of Bonhams Auction
A tissue dispenser might not be worth much but a tissue dispenser that was flown into orbit to the moon, now that will cost you. That tissue dispenser, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000 is one of the pieces to be sold in the Space History Sale taking place at Bonhams, New York on May 5th.
The sale will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic mission on Freedom 7 as the first American in Space and items from the Forbes collection and from the estate of James E. Webb, a NASA administrator in the 1960s will be auctioned off. Bonhams has released a few highlights of the sale including a Russian spacesuit, Sokol K, worn by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, Commander of the Soyuz 19 Spacecraft, during the historic Apollo-Soyuz Test Project on July 15-19, 1975. It is estimated at $100,000-150,000. A Russian spacesuit, Sokol KV-2, used by cosmonaut Gennadi Strekalov on the Soyuz TM 10, from August 1 to December 10, 1990, during a mission to the Mir space station is estimated at $60,000-80,000. An Apollo 14 Maurer Camera, from the personal collection of Edgar Mitchell, the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the Moon used to film movies through the Lunar Module Pilot's window during the approach and landing of the Lunar Module is estimated at $60,000-80,000.
Bonhams has held two other Space History Sales. The first in July 2009 which is the highest-grossing American space history auction ever, and the second in April 2010 including the Neil Armstrong "One small step for a man" inscription which made $152,000. An Apollo 11 lunar module flown star chart sold for $218,000 in the 2009 sale and a Apollo 15 lunar module hand controller went for $206,000.