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Hassleblad's Apollo moon camera goes up for auction!

Hassleblad's Apollo moon camera goes up for auction!

Hassleblad's Apollo moon camera

A piece of photographic history, and certainly one of the most unique cameras in the world is set to go under the hammer later in March when Westlicht Auctions offers up a unique Hassleblad that was used in the Apollo lunar landing missions.

The Hasselblad 500 dubbed 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' was used by Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin, who took exactly 299 pictures with the camera while on the surface of the moon.

This camera was one of only 14 that were used on Apollo missions 11 to 17, and is the only one to have returned to earth. All other cameras (with their film removed) were left on the moon to save room and weight for samples of moon rocks.

The unique camera comes with a special NASA Biogon 3.5/60mm lens with black/chrome anodized finish and with control tabs designed for use with space gloves. It also comes with a silver 70mm 200-exposure magazine, extensive documentation, and photographs taken by Jim Irwin, assembled by its former owner Alain Lazzarini, author of the book 'Hasselblad and the Moon'.

Save your pennies tho, its estimated to sell for between 150,000 and 200,000 euros!

- Photos courtessy of Fotomuseum WestLicht.