Bonham's auction house in New York is preparing to sell a bumper crop of historic space exploration artifacts as part of the sixth annual Space History Sale. The auction will see 296 pieces of all kinds of space memorabilia from the US and Soviet space programs go on the block for people looking to own a piece of space exploration history.
The highlights of the Space History Sale include a Mercury-era space suit, possibly the only pneumatic-drive telescope still in existence and hardware flown into space. Other items include flags, medallions, suit patches, stamps, survival gear, rare photographs signed by American and Soviet cosmonauts and even dehydrated tea, coffee and vacuum-packed astronaut chewing gum.
The auction is being timed to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Project Gemini, which launched the first unmanned test flight on April 8, 1964.