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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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Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Spacewalk Red Numbered Photograph with COA
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Spacewalk Red Numbered Photograph with COA
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$1254 Bids
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Launch Red Numbered Photograph with COA
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Launch Red Numbered Photograph with COA
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$703 Bids
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Spacewalk Red Numbered Photograph with COA
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Spacewalk Red Numbered Photograph with COA
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$903 Bids
Gemini GT-4 Ed White Original Spacewalk Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Gemini GT-4 Ed White Original Spacewalk Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
Rare Image of John Glenn with John F. Kennedy Photograph with Medallion Pendant
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Rare Image of John Glenn with John F. Kennedy Photograph with Medallion Pendant
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
Gemini 6/7 Rendezvous NASA Reproduction Red Numbered Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Gemini 6/7 Rendezvous NASA Reproduction Red Numbered Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Apollo 15 Type 1 Jim Irwin Saluting the American Flag Red Numbered Photogaph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Apollo 15 Type 1 Jim Irwin Saluting the American Flag Red Numbered Photogaph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Apollo SOYUZ 1975 Sterling Medallion
Apr 23, 5:00 PM EDT
Apollo SOYUZ 1975 Sterling Medallion
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$262 Bids
4 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Galaxy Images
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
4 - NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Galaxy Images
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
President Eisenhower at Cape Canaveral Launch 1960
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
President Eisenhower at Cape Canaveral Launch 1960
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
President John F. Kennedy Viewing Gemini Space Capsule Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
President John F. Kennedy Viewing Gemini Space Capsule Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Vintage Gemini #1 Spacecraft Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Gemini #1 Spacecraft Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
2 - Apollo 1 Command Module Repair Photographs
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
2 - Apollo 1 Command Module Repair Photographs
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Launch Numbered Photograph with COA
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Jim McDivitt's Gemini GT-4 Launch Numbered Photograph with COA
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
1979 Buzz Aldrin NASA Astronaut Beyond Sports Sportscaster Card 62-02
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1979 Buzz Aldrin NASA Astronaut Beyond Sports Sportscaster Card 62-02
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $10- $15
$21 Bid
NASA's Hubble ROSAT Hot Gas Galaxy Group Image
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
NASA's Hubble ROSAT Hot Gas Galaxy Group Image
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Apollo 13 James Lovell Portrait Red Numbered Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Apollo 13 James Lovell Portrait Red Numbered Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Apollo "End of Program" NASA Red Numbered Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Apollo "End of Program" NASA Red Numbered Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Photograph
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Photograph
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Vintage & Original Mercury 7 Crew Photograph 1964
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage & Original Mercury 7 Crew Photograph 1964
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
12 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs 1972-73
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
12 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs 1972-73
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
4 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
4 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
6 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs
May 13, 12:00 PM EDT
6 - Early Space Shuttle Concept Photographs
by Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Apollo Missions Full Coin Set LOT 1388
Apr 28, 5:00 PM EDT
Apollo Missions Full Coin Set LOT 1388
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Space Programs


Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum

Bid Again Auctions with American Space Museum

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Jeschke Jádi Auctions Berlin GmbH

Jeschke Jádi Auctions Berlin GmbH

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers