Apollo 15 camera brought back from moon sells for $908K

The camera was acquired by the founder of Japanese retail chain Yodobashi Camera.

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The only known camera to have traveled to the moon and back has sold for a boatload of cash.

The Hasselbad Lunar Module Pilot Camera, used by Jim Irwin on Apollo 15, has sold for 660,000 euros (about $908,000), the WestLicht Photographica Auction announced Monday. Bidding on the historic camera started Saturday at 80,000 euros.

According to the auction house, Akikazu Fujisawa, founder of Japan-based retail chain Yodobashi Camera, won the auction.

Apollo 15 was the fourth mission to land on the moon. Irwin was joined by David Scott and Alfred Worden on the 1971 mission to the moon. The camera, a Hasselblad 500, is believed to be the only camera every brought to the moon and back. All others were left behind.

[Via The Verge]

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