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Space memorabilia auction hits $1.24 million mark in New York

Published on Apr 10, 2014 4:23 AM

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - An emblem that traveled with US astronauts on the 1969 Apollo moon flight and a check list from that historic mission were the top-selling items in a sale of space memorabilia, Bonhams auction house said on Wednesday.

Nearly 300 space enthusiasts and collectors from 17 countries on four continents bid by telephone or in person in New York on Tuesday in the auction that took in US$1 million (S$1.24 million), with 80 per cent of the 300 items sold.

"Space exploration interests people globally, of all ages and all walks of life," Cassandra Hatton, senior space specialist at Bonhams in New York, said in a statement.

The Apollo 11 checklist sheet with data recorded by crew member Buzz Aldrin while on the moon rocketed past it pre-sale estimate of US$45,000 and sold for US$68,750.

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