‘Golden age’ of space exploration: Armstrong, rare moon photos up for action at Christie’s

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A rare picture of U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon is among thousands of space photographs in a collection up for auction at Christie’s.

The more than 2,400 photographs document “the golden age of space exploration” and is the most comprehensive such collection ever to come to auction, Christie’s said.

“This is probably humanity’s greatest creative and ingenious achievement, landing a man safely on the surface of the moon and bringing him back to Earth,” James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History at Christie’s in London, told Reuters.

“Looking at some of these images, you can really be transported to the surface of the moon.”

The “Voyage To Another World” collection, curated over decades by private collector Victor Martin Malburet, is a mix of iconic images and others that were unreleased at the time by NASA. The sale’s top lot is an unreleased photograph of Neil Armstrong, taken during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 when he became the first human to set foot on the moon.

Accompanied by his two crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins as he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong famously said, “That’s one small step …

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