Historic footage captured by Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong – including the iconic first ‘earthrise’ ever seen by humans – is up for auction and can be yours.
The original collection – which chronicles man’s most daring adventure – is part of auction house Dreweatt’s upcoming Space Exploration and Ephemera auction on June 29 in Newbury, Berkshire, UK.
Some of the iconic images are expected to fetch up to $13,000 each.
They contain pictures of the first Earth rising that humans witnessed during Apollo 8, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center at 7:51 a.m. on December 21, 1968.
The celebrated “Blue Marble” image of our planet fully illuminated by the sun is also going under the hammer, taken by the Apollo 17 crew as they traveled to the moon.
The snaps are part of 330 lots and 1,200 photos in Drewatt’s sale, which will take place Thursday.
The Apollo program was the third American human spaceflight program conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) between 1968 and 1972.
It succeeded in preparing and landing the first humans on the moon.
The missions all launched from the Kennedy Space Center.
Photos documenting man’s first encounter with the moon were pre-planned and integrated into the missions – although some unplanned photos were also taken by astronauts.
They operated specially modified, lightweight Hasselblad cameras, while photography company Kodak was responsible for processing the images once back on Earth.
Rockwell’s North American Space Division photo lab processed the photos immediately after the Apollo missions and printed them on vintage Kodak paper for documentation, analysis and public relations.
Read on to see some images up for grabs.
Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ (December 24, 1968)
The ‘earthrise’ image, lot 113, is the most celebrated photograph of the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon.
This photo captures the first Earthrise ever witnessed by humans and photographed in color.
The photo was taken the night before Christmas in 1968.
This piece is expected to fetch between $3,000 and $6,500 in the upcoming auction.
The Apollo 8 ‘Earthrise’ image is the most celebrated photo of Earth rising above the Moon’s horizon
Apollo 11 ‘Planet Earth’ (July 16-24, 1969)
Lot 168 is considered one of the most iconic images ever taken of our planet.
It was captured as the spacecraft was on its way to the moon, about 158,000 miles from Earth.
The photo shows most of Africa, but also parts of Europe and Asia. It was taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its trans-lunar coast toward the moon.
This beautiful piece is expected to fetch between $1,500 and $2,300.
Lot 168 is considered one of the most iconic images ever taken of our planet
Apollo 11 ‘Visor’ portrait of Buzz Aldrin on lunar surface (July 1969)
This famous photo is considered the most iconic image of the Apollo 11 mission.
Lot 189 is a rare portrait of Buzz Aldrin with the Lunar Module. Astronaut Neil Armstrong is reflected in his gilded visor.
This piece is estimated to be worth between $2,500 and $3,850.
Lot 189 is a rare portrait of Buzz Aldrin with the Lunar Module. It is the most iconic photo taken during the Apollo 11 mission
Apollo 11 holding the ‘Eagle’ station with Earth in the background (July 16–24, 1969)
This photo, lot 210, captures the Moon, Earth, and the spacecraft returning from the Moon’s surface.
The photo was taken by Michael Collins, who was orbiting the moon as he waited for Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to finish exploring the moon.
This beautiful photo is expected to fetch between $1,900 and $3,200.
This photo, lot 210, captures the Moon, Earth and the spacecraft returning from the Moon’s surface
Apollo 17 ‘Blue Marble’ (December 7–19, 1972)
Lot 310 shows what the crew of the last lunar landing mission, Apollo 17, saw and photographed.
It shows the view of the Earth when it is completely illuminated by the Sun.
This spectacular piece was taken in the first half of December 1972.
This photo is expected to be worth between $6,300 and $12,750.
Lot 310 shows what the crew of the last lunar landing mission, Apollo 17, saw and photographed
Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin seismic experiment (July 1969)
This stunning image shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the seismic experiment during the Apollo 11 mission.
Solar panels are placed on the left and right and the antenna is aimed at the earth.
The laser reflector is beyond the antenna and the TV camera is silhouetted against the dark sky.
This stunning image shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the seismic experiment during the Apollo 11 mission