One of the most famous photographs ever taken well this weekend go up for sale at the book fair in New York City, and it’s predicted to sell for up to $200,000.
At the 62nd New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) at the Park Avenue Armory from April 21- 24, 2022 will be Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, which is bringing along a particularly rare kind of “Earthrise.”
“Earthrise” is often thought to be an image taken by astronaut William Anders aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft on December 24, 1968 as it orbited the Moon.
That was the first photograph taken by a human of Earth from the Moon, but it wasn’t actually the first “Earthrise” image ever taken.
That honor goes to one taken by the Lunar Orbiter 1 probe on August 23, 1966—the first image of Earth from the Moon (and the first picture of both Earth and the Moon from space). It was greeted by the headline “Historic first photo of Earth from deep space.”
It’s a framed original of that image that will be at NYIABF this weekend.
“This photo is massively important to both the history of human endeavor, and to our understanding of our home planet’s place in the Universe,” said Alex Clausen, President and CEO of Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps. “Today, collector interest in space-related photographic materials has increased substantially, with Earthrise images seen as the most desirable of all space photographs.”
A large Earthrise print recently sold at auction in London for £150,000/$200,000.
“To our knowledge, the example we will be exhibiting at the NYIABF is the largest printing of this photo from August 1966 to have been on the market,” said Clausen. “It has provenance to the collection of a veteran of Boeing’s Public Relations and Advertising Department who joined the company in 1961, and the photo comes with additional contemporary documents supporting its dating to 1966.”
Lunar Orbiter 1, the first American spacecraft to orbit the Moon, was built by Boeing.
They are copies of the visualization guide for astronauts to read while in lunar orbit. They show major lunar features across 21 pages and also include details of observations they should attempt.
There’s no record of any other copies ever going on sale before.
Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.