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Space Programs

People have stared at the stars for thousands of years, but the technology to travel to them was not available until after World War II. The Soviet Union was the first country to launch a satellite into space with Sputnik I in 1957. The Soviet Union was also the first to achieve manned space flight when Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth in 1961. Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut, became the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969, and space exploration continues today.

Collecting space memorabilia has become a popular hobby, especially since the end of some of the major space initiatives such as the U.S. Space Shuttle program. Since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, items associated with the shuttles have boomed in popularity. Gift shop memorabilia such as t-shirts, mugs, pins, and other items have little value to collectors of space memorabilia. Rather, serious collectors look for items that have historical significance such as items that have traveled to space or were used for a mission.

The most sought-after space memorabilia continues to be items from the Apollo 11 moon mission in 1969. Space collectors greatly desire anything that has been to the moon's surface in particular. Items that were associated with the first moon landing continue to sell for the highest prices during space memorabilia auctions.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, scraps from the first flag to be flown on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission sold at auction for $45,000. The scraps never left Earth
  • At the same auction, the checklist used by the launch pad director who strapped in the astronauts for the fatal Challenger flight in 1986 sold for $1947
  • Stargazer Lottie, a 7-inch doll produced by Irish toy company Arklu arrived on the International Space Station in December 2015, making her the first doll in space

Recommended Items at Auction

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ALAN BEAN "THAT'S HOW IT FELT TO WALK ON THE MOON" LTD. ED. PRINT
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
ALAN BEAN "THAT'S HOW IT FELT TO WALK ON THE MOON" LTD. ED. PRINT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$10210 Bids
VINTAGE NASA SECURITY OFFICER SPACE BADGE
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE NASA SECURITY OFFICER SPACE BADGE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $150
$904 Bids
A SLICE OF MOON ROCK
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A SLICE OF MOON ROCK
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £120- £180
£103 Bids
PAIR inc Lego Creator set number 10266 NASA
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
PAIR inc Lego Creator set number 10266 NASA
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £50- £70
£301 Bid
Apollo Extension Cord
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Apollo Extension Cord
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
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Historic First Photo of Earth from Deep Space - B&W Poster [138758]
Oct 29, 8:00 AM PDT
Historic First Photo of Earth from Deep Space - B&W Poster [138758]
by Holabird Western Americana
Est: $70- $150
$351 Bid
A SET OF SIX VINTAGE PRINTS OF MOON ROCKS COLLECTED BY THE ASTRONAUTS OF APOLLO 12 CIRCA 1969
Oct 26, 11:00 AM BST
A SET OF SIX VINTAGE PRINTS OF MOON ROCKS COLLECTED BY THE ASTRONAUTS OF APOLLO 12 CIRCA 1969
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £250- £350
£201 Bid
10 MISCELLANEOUS GOLD SERVICE PIN WITH 18 GRAMS
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
10 MISCELLANEOUS GOLD SERVICE PIN WITH 18 GRAMS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
NASA Apollo 14 Astronauts Space Lithograph Poster
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
NASA Apollo 14 Astronauts Space Lithograph Poster
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
BENEDETTO BOSCHETTI, APOLLO BELVEDERE BRONZE
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
BENEDETTO BOSCHETTI, APOLLO BELVEDERE BRONZE
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7500 Bids
5 STERLING SILVER COMMEMORATIVE COLUMBIA COINS
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
5 STERLING SILVER COMMEMORATIVE COLUMBIA COINS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $70- $150
$200 Bids
LOT OF 3 ASSORT 1970 & 80'S U.S. SPACE MEMORABILIA
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 3 ASSORT 1970 & 80'S U.S. SPACE MEMORABILIA
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $90
$100 Bids
ASSORT OF 1960'S - 80'S U.S. SPACE MEMORABILIA
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
ASSORT OF 1960'S - 80'S U.S. SPACE MEMORABILIA
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
5 COMMEMORATIVE GOLD SPACE SHUTTLE COIN BOOKS
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
5 COMMEMORATIVE GOLD SPACE SHUTTLE COIN BOOKS
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $150
$300 Bids
APOLLO E DIANA - APOLLO AND DIANA
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
APOLLO E DIANA - APOLLO AND DIANA
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€1500 Bids
Paul Calle (CT,NY,1928-2010) mixed media painting
Dec 12, 11:45 AM EST
Paul Calle (CT,NY,1928-2010) mixed media painting
by Broward Auction Gallery
Est: $850- $1,100
$5000 Bids
Paul Calle (CT,NY,1928-2010) mixed media painting
Dec 12, 11:45 AM EST
Paul Calle (CT,NY,1928-2010) mixed media painting
by Broward Auction Gallery
Est: $850- $1,100
$5000 Bids
10 NASA ASTRONAUT APOLLO/SKYLAB ROCKET PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
10 NASA ASTRONAUT APOLLO/SKYLAB ROCKET PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
LOT OF 10 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE SUIT PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 10 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE SUIT PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $30- $80
$100 Bids
LOT OF 14 NASA SPACE SUIT MISSION ROCKET PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 14 NASA SPACE SUIT MISSION ROCKET PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $30- $80
$100 Bids
LOT 11 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE SUIT ROCKET PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT 11 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE SUIT ROCKET PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $30- $60
$100 Bids
LOT OF 10 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE MISSION PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 10 NASA ASTRONAUT SPACE MISSION PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $30- $50
$100 Bids
LOT OF 10 NASA SPACE SUIT ROCKET MISSION PATCHES
Oct 21, 9:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 10 NASA SPACE SUIT ROCKET MISSION PATCHES
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $30- $80
$100 Bids
GUERRESI PATRIZIA (n. 1951) Lot composed of n.2 photos. Apollo e Dafne mimesis.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM CEST
GUERRESI PATRIZIA (n. 1951) Lot composed of n.2 photos. Apollo e Dafne mimesis.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €600- €800
€500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Space Programs


Bonhams

Bonhams

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Dane Fine Art Auctions

Dane Fine Art Auctions