Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin Malburet Photograph Collection is currently listed with Christie's.

By Stacey Leasca
November 11, 2020
Right: First self-portrait in space, November 11-15, 1966 by Buzz Aldrin; Left: The astronaut’s footprint on the Moon, July 16-24, 1969 by Buzz Aldrin
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Attention space lovers: Now’s your chance to own a piece of space exploration history.

On Nov. 6, Christie’s Auction House opened bidding on its Voyage To Another World: The Victor Martin Malburet Photograph Collection, which includes approximately 2,400 vintage, original photographs showcasing “the artistic heritage of the golden age of space exploration when NASA, and its astronaut-photographers, captured the first forays into space and onto the surface of another world.” 

Lot 373, LM Eagle and Earthrise, July 16-24, 1969, MICHAEL COLLINS [APOLLO 11] Estimate: £1,500-2,500
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The collection, representing the most comprehensive private collection of NASA photographs ever presented at auction, even includes the very first “selfie” from space. The image depicts Buzz Aldrin floating above the earth. Other rare gems include the only image of Neil Armstrong standing on the moon. 

Lot 345, The only photograph of Neil Armstrong on the Moon, July 16-24,1969. BUZZ ALDRIN [APOLLO 11]. Estimate: £30,000-50,000
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“Alongside the iconic images, Voyage to Another World boasts photographs which were not released by NASA at the time of the missions,” the statement from the auction house reads. “With estimates ranging from £800 to £30,000, the sale offers collectors across the globe a unique opportunity to acquire a universal moment in the history of mankind.”

According to Christie’s, the astronaut photographers were instructed not only by NASA on how to compose an image, but also by the likes of camera makers like Hasselblad, Kodak, as well as by Life and National Geographic photographers including Ralph Morse and Dean Conger. 

“The astronauts are often portrayed as great scientists and heroes, but rarely are they hailed as some of the most significant photographers of all time,” Martin-Malburet commented in the statement. “The early pioneers of Mercury and Gemini were given as a canvas space and the Earth; the Apollo astronauts an alien world. From the thin protections of their space capsules and EMUs (Extravehicular Mobility Units), they captured, with skill and daring, photographs which immediately embraced the iconography of the sublime, inspiring awe and wonder.”

Check out the entire collection and make a bid for your favorite on Christie’s now.