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Rare NASA photographs being auctioned, including first-ever space selfie

Christie’s is hosting the historic auction.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Nov 18, 2020

As part of its Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin-Malburet Photograph Collection sale, Christie’s is auctioning off a comprehensive collection of rare NASA photographs, which include the earliest images of the Earth as seen from space, as well as the first space selfie among others.  700 lots will be dedicated to the heritage of the golden age of space exploration, which include roughly 2,400 original and vintage photographs. These photographs were captured by astronaut-photographers during the first forays and investigations into space. 


This collection, which has been assembled meticulously over the past 15 years by Victor Martin-Malburet, is the most comprehensive private collection belonging to NASA. The estimates of prices range between $900 and $25,000 USD. This auction includes the first images of the Earth from space, which was a historic moment in the foray into space, as well as photographs of the lunar surface, spacewalks, the dark side of the Moon, and the first-ever space selfie. The auction will also hold large-format photographs that are specially produced by NASA as well as stunning panoramic mosaics taken in lunar orbit and on the lunar surface.


In a statement, a Christie’s representation shared:

“Through their cameras, the astronauts-turned-artists were able to convey to mankind the beauty and profundity of their experience into space, forever changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the universe.” 


Voyage to Another World Part I opened for bidding on November 6 and will continue till November 19. Visit Christie’s website for more information.                                                                  


Photo via Christie’s