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Auction: Treasure trove of Nasa photos including first selfie in space

“The collection is the most comprehensive private collection of Nasa photographs ever presented at auction, and spans every visual milestone of the space program, from the early days of Mercury, the technical advances of Gemini and lunar orbiter, to the triumphs of Apollo,” Christie’s said in a press release promoting the sale.

Voyage to Another World: the Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection is a chronological journey of humankind’s achievements in space beginning with the early days of rocketry in the 1940s to the first color photograph of Earth and the moon together in the same still image, taken from the Voyager 1 space probe in 1977.

Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind is on sale to the highest bidder after a private collector released a treasure trove of Nasa images from spaceflight’s golden era for auction, including the only photograph taken of the first human walking on the moon.

The July 1969 snapshot is the highlight of the collection of 2,400 vintage images across 700 lots featured on the Christie’s of London website, including the first selfie from space by Armstrong’s Apollo 11 crewmate Buzz Aldrin and the epochal Earthrise photograph that captured the planet emerging above the moon’s horizon.

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