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November 2, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3048M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: November 02, 2017 10:00AM


Neil Armstrong (American, 1930-2012)
Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the American flag, Apollo 11, July 1969. Numbered 'NASA AS11-40-5875' (NASA MSC) in blue on the recto u.r. margin. Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper with 'A Kodak Paper' watermark on the verso, image size 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (18.3 x 18.3 cm), unmatted.
Condition: Minor wear to corners of sheet, linen tape hinge remnants on the verso.

N.B. Aldrin's face is visible through his helmet as he looks over at Neil Armstrong. This is one of the few Apollo lunar surface photographs where it is possible to distinguish the astronaut's face. Normally, the high reflectivity of the gold visor would block visibility but in this case 'his face is directly illuminated by the sunlight from the front and at a right angle to the observer's point of view, so it literally shines through the visor, especially because he's sticking his head forward' (ALSJ: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/images11.html).

Literature: Chaikin, Space, p. 53; Reynolds, pp. 2-3.
Estimate $800-1,200

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