Rare photos by early NASA astronauts being auctioned off

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts auction house is selling vintage photographs taken by American astronauts.

Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers says “The Beauty of Space” is the first-ever U.S. auction focusing on photos produced by NASA astronauts during the heyday of lunar exploration.

The auction goes live on Thursday and runs through Nov. 2.

Michelle Lamunière, a specialist in fine photography at Skinner, says the photographs are valuable not only for their scientific and historical significance, but also for their artistry.

She says the 445 images from 1961 to 1972 are each worth anywhere from $300 to $9,000.

They include astronaut John Glenn’s 1962 photo of the sun illuminating the Earth. It’s the first image of the planet taken by a human from space.

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