Despite reports, famed Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is not selling a single thing from his personal collection at an upcoming New York auction.
Aldrin’s lunar-traveled checklists and flight plans will be among 300 space artifacts sold at the upcoming Bonhams “Space History Sale” on March 25, but he’s not the one selling them. The former astronaut provided a statement to collectSPACE.com to settle the rumor, which said in part:
“I am not offering any items for sale from my current collection of Apollo 11 articles in the Bonhams auction. The Apollo 11 items being auctioned on Monday are being resold from auctions that took place in 2007 or earlier at the instigation of my ex-wife and her daughter who acted as my attorney and business manager.”
Aldrin divorced from his wife of 24 years in December, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Bonhams has admitted that the lots in question were consigned by someone other than Aldrin, but were just last month promoting the items in a press release that read:
“[An] extraordinary piece on offer will be a two-page entry from the Apollo 11 log book. Effectively equal to a log entry from Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World … the log pages were brought to the lunar surface in the Lunar Module Eagle on the first manned lunar landing mission during in 1969, making them the pinnacle for any space history collector.”
The documents are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $90,000 each.
“I have not auctioned any Apollo 11-related items owned by me for a number of years,” Aldrin continued in his statement. “I do not plan to do so now even though all Apollo astronauts have been authorized by law to own the items we brought back from the moon.”
“I have no intention of selling any more of the historical Apollo 11 items in my possession for the remainder of my life,” he concluded. “I intend to pass a portion of these items on to my children and to loan the most important items for permanent display in suitable museums around the country.”
You can read more about Bonhams’ Space Auction at their official website.