'The world's best selfie' goes up for auction

Feb 27, 2015 at 6:43 a.m. ET
Image: NASA

Now here's a selfie which is a little out of the ordinary. You could say it's out of this world…

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, claims to have taken the world's first selfie during "extra vehicular activity" on his 1966 Gemini 12 spacewalk orbiting the earth: 

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Aldrin's self-portrait has gone up for grabs at Bloomsbury Auctions London as part of “From the Earth to the Moon: Vintage NASA Photographs."

The 692 images in the collection were taken over the course of four decades by the likes of John Glenn (the first person to take a camera into orbit) and Bill Taub, NASA's first senior photographer.

Aldrin's space selfie has been valued at between £600 and £800 with the entire collection expected to raise around £650,000. Other pictures of particular interest include a shot of Aldrin's boot print on the surface of the moon and the very first colour image of Earth from outer space.

Hear the story behind the world's first space selfie: 

Video credit: CNN

In an age where there is a steady stream of self-indulgent celebrity selfies it's pretty cool to see one taken long before the likes of smartphones, Instagram, selfie sticks and Kim Kardashian were around.

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