NEW YORK (AP) — The jacket worn by Buzz Aldrin on his historic first mission to the lunar surface in 1969 has been auctioned off to a bidder for nearly $2.8 million.
The $2,772,500 paid for the jumpsuit jacket aboard Apollo 11 is the highest for any American space artifact sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s, which handled the sale. The unnamed winning bidder, who participated by phone, outbid several others in a bid that lasted nearly 10 minutes.
The jacket displays Aldrin’s name tag on the left chest above the Apollo 11 mission emblem and the American flag on the left shoulder. It’s made from a flame-resistant material known as Beta cloth that was incorporated into spacesuits in response to the fire that killed three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 in 1967, according to Sotheby’s.
Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
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