The upcoming photography auction at the French auction house Tajan a set of vintage photographs from NASA, featuring the famous Apollo 11 mission and series “Moon Walk”, the first steps of man on the moon. The photographs are estimated to sell between €300 and €1500 per image. The sale also includes a photograph by Man Ray and a famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern, which made the cover of Vogue USA in 1962.
The lunar module “Eagle” landed on the moon surface on July 21, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin performed a series of scientific experiments and their every move was forever immortalized by photographs during the historic event “Moon Walk, which lasted about two and a half hours.
Back on earth, the live televised event was watched by 600 million people. The television images are fuzzy, striped and black and white. But the photographs taken on the moon reveal a colourful splendor and astonishes the viewer.
NASA photographs are highly sought after all over the world by dedicated collectors or amateurs trying to obtain a piece of this moment in the universal history of humankind.
The Tajan expert of photography David Guiraud advises to keep eyes on this auction since these photographs are becoming increasingly hard to find in the market. Guiraud also hints to a significant capital gain with the approach of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019.
Tajan also presents works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, but as a set of French photography from 1930 to 1960, with major Humanists: Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Edouard Boubat, Sabine Weiss, Louis Stettner, Werner Bischof and so on. They will also introduce a vintage Edward Steichen, a 1926 fashion image mounted on cardboard and signed in pencil on the draw, and the famous version of Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern that made the cover of Vogue USA in 1962.
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Photos courtesy of the Tajan website.