Landing on the moon was perhaps one of the greatest achievements of the last century. It feels strange at times that we are unable to repeat the feet that mankind achieved over forty years ago. Apollo 11 went on a successful mission to the moon way back in 1969 and the achievement was celebrated all over the world. Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong, the astronauts on the mission were feted by one and all. On their visit to Paris they were presented with an intricate Lunar Module’s miniature replica crafted out of solid gold. The mementos were specially made to commemorate their achievement.
Le Figaro Commissioned Cartier to Make these Commemorative Models
The golden lunar modules were made by the renowned French jewelers Cartier. It was the French publication ‘Le Figaro’ who had commissioned the jewelers to make these commemorative articles. The publishers had inserted in each of the models a micro film with the list of names of people who had donated money for the project and wanted their names included in the list. The replicas are a fine piece of art work and required delicate craftsmanship and precision engineering. It is not just interesting but very valuable as it is made of solid gold. They can easily find themselves on the list of the most expensive space memorabilia.
One of the Three Pieces Made Has Been Acquired Back by Cartier
Out of the three gold modules two remain as part of private collections but the third piece has been acquired back by Cartier and they have gracefully loaned the rare piece to the Forbes Galleries for a special exhibition. They are organizing an exhibition called ‘Out of This World! Jewelry in Space Age’. As the name suggests it is an exhibition of space themed jewelry and the golden lunar module will be highlight of the exhibition. The special exhibition will open in New York City on March 16. There would be many other pieces of fine jewelry on display but this will perhaps be the only piece which is directly related to space travel.