Astronaut Alan Bean knows how to turn stainless steel into gold. Metaphorically speaking, anyway. A group of 24 personally owned items from Bean’s collection sold for $625,375 in Heritage Auctions’ $1.1+ million Space Signature Auction on May 14, highlighted by several that went with him to the moon.
Fetching the highest bid was his pair of steel Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown and Surface-Used Scissors with Lanyard, which sold for $100,000.
Other rarities from the golden age of space travel, including an Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown and Surface-Used Waist Strap sold for $93,750.The Apollo 17 Flown Silver Robbins Medallion reached $59,375. An Apollo 12 Lunar Module Flown and Surface-Used Fisher AG-7 Space Pen sold for $53,125. Even a humble bit of wire was almost worth its weight in gold — an Apollo 12 Flown CM to LM Electrical Power “Umbilical” Cable, connected to supply power to the Lunar Module Intrepid from the Command Module “Yankee Clipper,” yielded $40,625.