Sotheby’s is holding their first space-exploration themed auction on the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on June 20.
On June 13, Sotheby’s previewed the items up for auction, which includes a bag used to collect the first lunar samples, space photography, equipment used on Apollo missions and memorabilia.
The items are from both the American and Russian space programs and are expected to fetch between $3-5 million, with the lunar expected to fetch the most.
“I think that it’s something that transcends culture, race, religion, age, economic background, educational background,” said Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s Vice President and Senior Specialist in Books and Manuscripts Department. “Anybody can get excited about it and understand it. You talk to a 4-year-old, you can talk to a 90-year-old, they’re both going to get excited about looking up at the sky and the starts and exploring space. So it’s, it’s something that kind of unites us across humanity.”