February 2015 | Rebecca Rego Barry

A Selfie from Space, and Other Images from the Earth to the Moon

Coming up this week at Bloomsbury Auctions in London is an incredible collection of vintage NASA photographs. Telephoto panoramic mosaics, crew portraits, and all manor of lunar views comprise this stunning set of 692 images, dating from 1945 to 1972. Some are what we have come to see as iconic space images, while others were virtually unpublished and accessible only to researchers in the archives of the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, where most of this collection is sourced, according to the sale catalogue. Here are some highlights.

2.pngClyde Holliday's vintage gelatin silver print of the first photograph from space, October 24, 1946. Estimate: $1,230-1,540.

80.pngBuzz Aldrin's vintage chromogenic print of the first self-portrait in space, Gemini 12, November 1966. Estimate: $923-1,230.
255.pngNeil Armstrong's vintage chromogenic print of Buzz Aldrin posing beside the U.S. flag, Apollo 11, July 1969. Estimate: $923-1,230.

633.pngHarrison Schmitt's vintage chromogenic print of the "Blue Marble," Apollo 17, December 1972. Estimate: $1,150-1,540.
Images via Bloomsbury Auctions.