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NASA is auctioning off the first space selfie and a trove of other incredible photos

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. during Gemini 12 Space walk, Nov. 11, 1966. (AP Photo)
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"Buzz" Aldrin on a space walk on the Gemini 12 mission in 1966.
By Zach Wener-Fligner

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A set of historic photographs from NASA missions in the 1960s and 1970s is about to hit the market.

Over 600 vintage NASA photos will go up for bidding this week in an auction run by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions at the Bloomsbury House in London. The photos are expected to sell for between £300 and £10,000 each ($465 and $15,490), for a total of around £500,000 ($775,000).

The collection consists of both classic, iconic images, as well as rare shots which have gone mostly unpublished until now. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting photographs in the collection, with links to the auction lots with estimated prices:

The first space selfie, a shot of Buzz Aldrin with a backdrop of home sweet Earth taken on the Gemini 12 mission (November 1966)

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The first high-quality, color image of the whole Earth (August 1967)

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A delicious splay of space meals from the Apollo 8 mission (December 1968)

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Buzz Aldrin, about to take his first step on the moon’s surface (July 1969)

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Buzz Aldrin posing with the American flag on the Apollo 11 space mission (July 1969)

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Buzz Aldrin posing, with Neil Armstrong reflected in the visor (July 1969)

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The only clear image of Neil Armstrong on the moon’s surface (July, 1969)

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Armstrong in post-moonwalk euphoria (July, 1969)

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