Camera used on moon landing sold for $758,489

Camera used on moon landing sold for $758,489

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A Hasselblad 500EL "Data Camera HEDC Nasa"Jim Irwin Lunar Module Pilot camera, dated from 1968, (with a starting auction price of 80,000 Euros), used on the moon during Apollo lunar programs is pictured ahead of an auction at the Westlicht Gallery in Vienna on March 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER KLEIN (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER KLEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 6:01 PM

VIENNA (AP) — It was put on auction as a camera that made it to the moon and back. And it had its price — nearly $760,000.

The Hasselblad 500 sold over the weekend is described by Vienna auctioneers Galerie Westlicht as part of the equipment carried by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission, the fourth manned mission to land on the moon. Galerie Westlicht identifies the new owner as Japanese businessman Terukazu Fujisawa.

It says the owner of an electronics chain placed his winning bid of 550,000 euros by phone. Bidding started Saturday at 80,000 euros — just over $110,000.

The gallery initially described the Hasselblad as the only camera ever brought back from the moon but later said it was one of several, after some experts questioned that claim.

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