Lunar Luxe: $90,500 Table for Norman Mailer's Apollo 11 Book

Marc Newson creates the perfect perch for a stellar book.

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So you're one of Jeff Bezos' billionaire buddies, agonizing over what to buy your filthy rich, space-obsessed best broheim this Christmas. Relax. We found the gift you're looking for: The new edition of Norman Mailer's Of a Fire on the Moon, his epic tale of the Apollo 11 moonlaunch. The billionaire hook? This one, reissued by Taschen, comes in a special edition, with its very own piece of lunar rock, and a case designed by Marc Newson.

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The book inside is actually called Moonfire, and it's a reprinting of Mailer's text, alonside sumptuous images from the missions. Plain-jane editions run for $1,500. The lunar rock edition is a cool $90,500.

The case itself has detail cues--ranging from the feet to the struts--lifted from the Apollo 11 lunar lander. It's crafted from a single piece of aluminum, and the surface is an topographical reproduction of a section of the moon's surface.

Newson actually is no stranger to either space design, or insanely expensive one-offs: He owns the record for the most expensive piece by a living designer, the $1.8 million Lockheed Lounge; he also designed the interior for a (now scuttled) space plane

The Lunar Rock edition is set to be unveiled this week, at Art Basel, America's swankiest trade show for contemporary art.

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  • Cliff Kuang

    It's true that you can't legally own one of rocks actually brought back from the moon by the Apollo 11 mission, but lunar meteorites are really common---you can buy them off eBay right now, and some of them have even been certified authentic by scientific bodies. Check this out: http://www.newscientist.com/ar...

  • Steve Hoefer

    For $90K you might be getting more or less than you bargained for: "In almost all cases, owning lunar material is illegal." ( http://www.space.com/news/moon... ) So either this is an illegal moon rock or a fake one. I'm going to guess the latter since real moon rocks auction for $100K a carat or more.

    Shame that for all that design money he didn't put ladder rungs on the Z+ landing strut to emphasize the Man Walking On The Moon part. (Or that it couldn't be paired with the writings of those who materially participated in the moon landings, but that's another rant.)