Here's a real conversation starter for your camera cabinet! Fourteen Hasselblads were used on the Lunar surface during the various Apollo missions, but only one of them made it back to Earth—the others were jettisoned to make more room for moon rocks (which means there are 13 very collectible cameras scattered as litter on the moon's surface—they're there for the taking; all you have to do is go get them). This one was used by Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin in 1971. He took 299 pictures with it on the moon and 96 more on the way there and back.
It goes on the auction block at WestLicht's Photographica Auction on March 22nd. Pre-auction estimates start at about $200,000—not bad for such a genuine piece of world history. Er, make that out-of-this-world history.
(Thanks to Chuck Albertson)
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Kevin Purcell: "They brought Irwin's Hasselblad back because it was having some problems winding on to the next frame. They instructed him to leave the the last film cartridge in place and bring the camera back for inspection. 'The only camera known to exist, which was used on the moon surface and also came back.' Clunkily translated from the German, I think. There are rumors that Alan Shepard's lunar-surface Hasselblad was also returned to Earth but no-one seems to know where it went. I'm really suprised this camera didn't end up in the Smithsonian."