Astronaut Ed White photographed by James McDivitt in space.
Ed White photographed by James McDivitt – £1000-2000 at Dreweatts.

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Shown above, it depicts him taking his historic 23-minute spacewalk on June 3, 1965, attached to the Gemini 4 spacecraft by a 7.6 metre tether line

The photograph, estimated at £1000-2000, is one of more than 600 chronicling the history of man’s exploration of space, from early expeditions to some of the latter trips of the 1990s, coming up in a dedicated Space Exploration Photography and Ephemera auction at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory on March 17.

The lots come from a small number of private collections. Dreweatts specialist Ania Hanrahan said: “The interest in space photography was reignited following the 50th anniversary of the moon landing two years ago and this has been enhanced further still by ongoing activities by NASA and other space agencies as well as private endeavours that have become front-page news.

“We wanted to put together an auction for some time now, but we had to find the right material. I was able to do that by approaching a number of key vendors that allowed me to assemble this exceptional collection of pieces that tells the story of space exploration, from the fledgling first steps after the war through to man walking on the moon and beyond.”