Christie’s is offering outer-space enthusiasts a chance to own a piece of history with its new online sale “Voyage to Another World,” which features more than 2,000 photographs from the collection of collector Victor Martin-Malburet. The 700 lots on offer document NASA’s golden age, dating from the late 1940s to the 1970s, and the landmark accomplishments of the American space program.

Martin-Malburet first caught the space bug as a teenager, when he accompanied his father, a collector and painting specialist, to an astronautical sale. The otherworldly images of lunar topography and astronauts floating in the milky way enchanted the boy and, years later, he went on to amass a trove of photos for himself.

Among the works on offer is the sole photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon, which NASA itself didn’t even realize existed, for an estimated £30,000–50,000 ($37,800–63,000). There are also official photographs of the astronauts, of President Kennedy watching the space launch, a snapshot of Laika the dog, who the USSR sent as the first animal to orbit the Earth in 1957, and a selfie by Buzz Aldrin.
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