The space jacket worn by retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin when he landed on the moon sold for a record-breaking price of $2.8 million, becoming the most valuable American space artifact sold at an auction.
Auction house Sotheby’s sold the jacket in a bid that lasted for nearly 10 minutes on July 26, less than a week after the 53rd anniversary of the moon landing.
The Teflon-coated jacket is the only piece of clothing from the Apollo 11 mission to be sold and in private hands. It also became the most expensive jacket sold at an auction.
The white inflight jacket featured the historic Apollo 11 mission emblem, “E. Aldrin” for the astronaut’s full first name Edwin, the logo of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the United States flag.
Aldrin, 92, wore the jacket for the majority of the six-day journey to the moon and said in a note that it was “much more comfortable” than the pressure suit he wore when he became the second man to step on the lunar surface, following crew member Neil Armstrong.
The jacket is one of 69 personal items that Aldrin decided to put up for sale.
In total, Aldrin’s personal belongings — including flight plans from Apollo 11, a summary of the touchdown of the lunar module Eagle, and several medals — sold for $8.2 million.
Aldrin is the only living member of the mission’s three-man crew.
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