Until we get some self-portraits from Mars, it looks like astronaut Buzz Aldrin really is the king of all selfies. He took this self-portrait during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966 with the curve of the Earth photo bombing in the background. A vintage print of what is considered the first “space selfie” –originally expected to sell for a minimum of around $920– ending up selling for about 10 times that, $9,200 at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London.
This pic predates the selfie by decades and Buzz hasn’t been shy about staking his claim to history. In a Twitter post from last July, he referred to it as the
“best selfie ever.”
The auction photo is an 8×10 chromogenic print on Kodak paper that was part of a large selection of vintage space-related NASA photos auctioned. It included portraits of astronauts, images from the first US spacewalk in 1965 and the first photograph from space.