Buzz Aldrin: how much did his moon memorabilia sell for?

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Alongside Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin made history as one of the first people to walk on the moon

NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed on Earth’s closest orbiting rock on July 20, 1969.

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But how much did his memorabilia fetch?

Here’s what you need to know.

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Buzz Aldrin in his famous space jacket (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Who is Buzz Aldrin?

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon after Neil Armstrong.

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His mother – who, in a notable foreshadowing of her son’s career – Marion Moon was the daughter of an army chaplain, while his father Edwin Eugene Aldrin was an aviation pioneer.

A qualified mechanical engineer, Aldrin served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War before earning his doctorate in astronautics, specializing in space docking and rendezvous maneuvers.

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In 1963, a few months after President John F. Kennedy’s “We Decide to Go to the Moon” speech, Aldrin was accepted into NASA’s astronaut program.

Buzz Aldrin pictured next to the US flag the Apollo 11 mission to the moon (Image: Getty Images)

Three years later, in 1966, he took part in the Gemini 12 orbital mission, performing the world’s first spacewalk.

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And in 1969 he took part in the most famous space mission ever – the moon landing of Apollo 11.

As if walking on the moon wasn’t enough, Aldrin saved the mission from disaster when he repaired a faulty circuit breaker needed to arm the motor of the module that had brought him and Armstrong to the lunar surface.

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After returning to Earth, Aldrin worked for NASA for several more years before retiring and becoming a public speaker and advocate for space exploration.

How Much Did Buzz Aldrin’s Jacket Sell?

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A decision by Congress in 2012 allowed him to keep the items.

Why the 92-year-old sold his belongings was not explained.

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The collection he auctioned included:

  • Apollo 11 mission flight plans
  • The broken circuit breaker that nearly stranded Aldrin and Armstrong on the moon and the pen he used to save them
  • Flags that Aldrin took into space
  • Awards and medals received after returning from space
  • Lifetime passes to Major League Baseball.

The only time he took the jacket off was when he changed into a pressure suit to get off the plane and walk on the moon.

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It’s made from fire-retardant, Teflon-coated Beta fabric and features Aldrin’s name tag and the emblem of the Apollo 11 mission – an eagle standing on the moon.

Buzz Aldrin is now an avid space advocate (Picture: Getty Images)

The jacket is the only item of clothing used and sold during the mission.

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It was sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for $2.8 million (£2.3 million).

In total, the collection grossed $8.2 million (£6.8 million).

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Aside from the jacket, other best sellers included a Mission plan summary which went into space with the crew – sold for $819,000 (£680,000) – and a mission checklist – Sold for $567,000 (£469,000).

The price for which the pen and circuit breaker were sold has not been disclosed but is believed to have been similar to the jacket as it was valued at between US$1 million and US$2 million (£830,000 to £1.6 million). .

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What is Buzz Aldrin Net Worth?

Buzz Aldrin’s net worth is widely reported to be $12 million (£9.9 million).

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If proceeds from his memorabilia auction go towards that fortune, he may have nearly doubled it to $20 million (£16.5 million).

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