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A jacket worn by astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the historic first mission to the moon’s surface in 1969, was sold for nearly $2.8 million at auction. Courtesy of Sotheby’s via AP hide caption

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Courtesy of Sotheby’s via AP

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A jacket worn by astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the historic first mission to the moon’s surface in 1969, was sold for nearly $2.8 million at auction.

Courtesy of Sotheby’s via AP

NEW YORK — Buzz Aldrin’s jacket worn on his historic first mission to the moon’s surface in 1969 has been auctioned off to a bidder for nearly $2.8 million.

The $2,772,500 paid for the Apollo 11 Inflight Coverall Jacket is the highest for any American space-flown artifact sold at auction, according to Sotheby’s, which handled the sale. The unidentified winning bidder, who participated by phone, outlasted several others in a bidding that spanned almost 10 minutes.

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The jacket displays Aldrin’s name tag on the left breast above the Apollo 11 mission emblem, and the American flag on the left shoulder. It is made of a fire-resistant material known as Beta cloth that was incorporated in spacesuits in response to the fire that killed three astronauts aboard Apollo 1 in 1967, according to Sotheby’s.

Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

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