Ever wanted to own a piece of space exploration history but just don’t know where to go to buy it? Well, as it turns out, a group called Heritage is holding an auction to sell off some of the most important pieces of the United State’s space past in the name of charity. Most of these items should probably be in a museum and, in fact, most things like this are, but these few pieces are available for the public to buy.
The list of what’s going to be on the auction block is pretty impressive. Several important space missions are represented in one way or another at the auction, as are many of the astronauts that put their lives on the line to make it happen. The Apollo 11, 14, 15 and 16 are just a few of the missions that have things to contribute.
There’s an original Apollo 14 mix tape up for sale - this is the actual tape that the astronauts were listening to while making their voyage. There’s also a few flags, one American and one Mexican, both of which made journeys to the moon. Some other items consist of freeze-dried food packets that were taken along (and managed to not get eaten), as well as several signed photos and manuscripts. The prize of the collection is by far a lunar surface checklist that was worn by astronaut Dave Scott while he wandered around the moon. Being that this item actually made it out of the ship and onto the moon’s surface, it is one of the rarest and most collectible of any space memorabilia.
These things are truly one-of-a-kind, however, so if you’re interested in bidding make sure you bring plenty of cash. Many items are expected to go for at least $10,000 and the checklist is predicted to reach $250,000 or more. Yeah, space collecting isn’t cheap by a long shot. But if you happen to have the money, the auction is taking place on November 21st. It’s a chance to own a piece of history and, given the rise in the space industry as of late, a huge potential to invest in something that will be priceless in the near future.