Jim Irwin's Hasselblad Apollo 15 lunar surface camera

A Hasselblad Electric Data Camera was brought back to Earth by astronaut Jim Irwin in 1971, after the Apollo 15 mission, to become part of Space History.

Jim Irwin's Hasselblad Moon camera was auctioned March 22, 2014 by the WestLicht Gallery in Austria for a record-breaking price of 660,000 euros (almost one million US dollar).

In Vienna, the camera’s lot opened for sale at 80,000 euros (about US$ 110,000) to finally reach 660,000 euros (about US$ 1 million) after a long battle between bidders from all over the world.

On March 23, reports of this auction sale appeared everywhere on Facebook, Twitter, TV shows and newspapers.
Relaying what is most probably one of the first in a long series of record-breaking auction prices for Hasselblad Space collectibles.

All this was made possible thanks to WestLicht Gallery and Alain Lazzarini, former owner and consignor of the camera, long time collector of Hasselblad cameras and author of reference book "Hasselblad and the Moon".

 

Jim Irwin's Hasselblad Moon camera
Credits : WestLicht Gallery

 

Enter Space History, by Alain Lazzarini

How a few people at collectspace spread rumors and tried to sabotage this sale.

A few days after WestLicht Gallery auctions catalogs were online, on February 27, 2014,  I was contacted by someone claiming to be collectspace's editor. Let's call this person RP. I had already been in touch with many potential buyers from Japan, USA, Russia, France, Italy and other countries and gladly helped answer their questions.

New book : Hasselblad and the Moon

New book : Hasselblad and the Moon

Being a collector of Hasselblad cameras for years, I naturally became interested in Hasselblad cameras used by NASA for the Conquest of the Moon.

During my initial search, I quickly noticed that documentation related to these cameras was scarce and mostly incomplete.

So I started to collect cameras, lenses, photographs, instruction leaflets and all the data I could gather about Hasselblad and NASA.

Club Hasselblad website is dedicated to all photographers and enthusiasts around the world who want to share their passion for Hasselblad cameras.

We have gathered all kinds of rare and collectable Hasselblad-related items, from special cameras and lenses to photographs taken on the Moon during Apollo missions.

All cameras and accessories in our Hasselblad museum belong to a French collector.

The Club Hasselblad team.

Using Hasselblad cameras, American astronauts took photographs of the surface of the Moon which will forever remain the most famous photographs of the 20th century. That is History.

And as it is the case with most major historical events, there are some unanswered questions.
The one I am interested in today is: how many Hasselblad cameras did NASA used during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions ?