Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Moon Jacket Sells for Lofty Record of $2.8M

Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 Moon Jacket Sells for Lofty Record of $2.8M

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Less than a week after the 53rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the jacket retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin was wearing when he set foot on the moon has sold for a record-breaking $2,772,500.

The in-flight coverall jacket features the historic Apollo 11 mission emblem and “E. Aldrin” for his full first name, Edwin. It is made of a fireproof, tightly woven silica fiber called Beta Cloth used in the production of Apollo spaceflight suits.

The sale, which took place at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday, made the garment the most expensive jacket sold at auction, as well as the most valuable American artifact flown in space, according to a statement from Sotheby’s. 

This Apollo 11 moon jacket that astronaut Buzz Aldrin wore sold for a record $2.8 million at Sotheby’s on July 26.

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The jacket was the top lot in the Buzz Aldrin: American Icon sale that included a small collection of Aldrin’s other personal belongings and historic NASA items from the Apollo 11 mission and his career. It was expected to fetch up to $2 million. The garment was bid on for nearly 10 minutes, according to Sotheby’s, and is the only flown garment from the Apollo 11 mission in private hands. The jackets worn by fellow crew members Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins are both now housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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