Dark side of the moon: Original NASA shots from Apollo missions go up for auction in Denmark

Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969
Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969   -   Copyright  NEIL A. ARMSTRONG/1969 via AP
By Euronews  with AFP

The dark side of the Moon, the first "Earthrise" or the footprints of Buzz Aldrin: more than 70 original NASA photographs, the first of which were taken on the Moon in July 1969, are the subject of a rare auction on Wednesday in Copenhagen.

At the time of writing, the first Earthrise picture taken from Apollo 8 sold for just over €9,000. 

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This file photo taken on July 21, 1969 shows the astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin descending the steps of the Apollo XI Lunar Module (LM) to walk on the moon.NASA / AFP

"One of my favorite photos from this fantastic collection is a photo of Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstrong where you can see Armstrong reflected in the visor," Kasper Nielsen, an auction house official, told AFP. 

The 74 photos are from several Apollo missions carried out by NASA, the American space agency, around and mainly on the Moon in the 1960s and 1970s, including 26 taken from the Earth satellite.

“Of course, the highlight is the Apollo 11 mission reaching the Moon for the first time,” on July 20, 1969, said Nielsen, who led the assessment of the pictures by Denmark's largest auction house.