Are you one of those photographers who keeps buying camera bags to excess, in a futile search for just the right one? I once knew a guy who had thirty camera bags—not because he collected them, just because he kept buying them hoping each time the new one would be better than all his others.
Well, there may not be any such thing as the perfect camera bag, but this has got to be a prime candidate for the coolest one. It goes on sale tomorrow at auction at Bonham's in New York City (Sale 17402, Lot 285), and it's expected to sell for forty to fifty thousand dollars.
And it's covered with dust. Not only that, but you want it to be.
It was used to store 16mm and 70mm film magazines for astronauts Jim Irwin and Dave Scott in the Apollo 15 Lunar Module. The crew performed two 7-hour EVAs (extra-vehicular activities) and came back to the LM covered with lunar dust, which got all over the camera bag. That's the dust.
Just the thing for the photographer who already has every kind of camera bag under the sun—one more, dingy with dirt from the moon. None of your friends have one!
Comes complete with deaccession papers from the National Air and Space Museum.
(Thanks to Rich Chen)
Featured Comment by Hugh Crawford: "The last thing you would want to do with this is get anywhere near a camera. Moon dust is extrodinarily abrasive and corrosive. See:
Featured Comment by Rod S.: "Dave Scott and Jim Irwin performed three, not two, EVAs on the lunar surface. I watched all three through three consecutive nights here in Australia, where we had complete coverage because, as I recall, we took the feed directly from the radiotelescope at Parkes, which happened to have the moon in sight for each (they were 24 hours apart). The experience is one I treasure - along with meeting and talking with Jim Irwin in 1989, two years before he died.
"Andy Chaikin's book A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts reports that the durations of the three moonwalks were, 1st: 6 hrs., 32 min.; 2nd: 7 hrs., 12 min.; 3rd: 5 hrs., 40 min.
"Here in Australia, it's the morning of the 16th of July, the 40 year anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11."
UPDATE from Bob Peterson, July 16th: "According to the auction Web page Lot 285 'Sold for $36,600 inclusive of Buyer's Premium' "