This image is of a Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) print sold at auction on Valentines Day. It was part of a group of either 22 or 30 prints—the listing is a bit unclear—that were part of an exhibit entitled "Sightseeing; A Space Panorama," which opened at the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in 1985 and subsequently toured to 65 institutions all over the world. The exhibit was seen by more than by six million visitors. The prints were sold by Swann Auction Galleries in its "Icons & Images: Photographs & Photobooks" sale two days ago. The pre-auction estimate for the prints was $15,000 to $25,000 and the actual hammer price, comfortably exceeding the estimate, was $43,750.
I've always liked this photograph (which an art school friend referred to as "Couch Potato in Space") and at first I was worried that I had posted it on the blog before—but the one I was thinking of was a different image, in this post on the anniversary of the moonwalk in 2009.
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Dave Levingston: "Back in 1969, when I was a newspaper photographer, we had an open house at the paper and one of the features was a moon rock which came with a Marine Corps guard and a pretty woman in a shiny silver mini-dress. As part of the preparations I helped install a set of those Cibachrome prints throughout the newsroom. Many years later the newspaper built a new building and those prints went in the dumpster when they moved."