Solid gold Lunar Module replica sells for $149K


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In an auction of space memorabilia on Friday a solid gold replica of an Apollo Lunar Module sold for more than $149K.

It appears that the market for space memorabilia is hot right now.

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  • wayne

    “Produced by the legendary jewelry company Cartier, three of these stunning solid gold models of the Lunar Module were commissioned by the French newspaper Le Figaro and presented to the Apollo 11 astronauts during their post-flight visit to Paris in October 1969.
    The newspaper asked its readers to contribute to the cost of producing them, and donations poured in from around the nation—10 francs, 20 francs, or whatever they could afford. The astronauts’ visit to Paris came as part of their ‘Giant Step’ international goodwill tour, which brought them to 24 countries in 45 days. In the celebratory mania that ensued, one hundred million people turned out to see the crew who had performed man’s greatest triumph—a journey to the Moon and back. Intricately reproducing the iconic Lunar Module in solid gold and presented to one of the first men on the moon, this is a spectacular piece of the utmost rarity.”
    (“Cartier has expressed a willingness to restore this piece in their Paris facility at the buyer’s expense.”)

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