The first paying seat on Blue Origin’s initial New Shepard passenger flight into space has sold at auction for an eye-watering US$28 million. The telephone auction of qualified bidders was conducted on June 12 by RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts and involved 7,600 bidders from 159 countries.
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Saturday’s rapid-paced bidding lasted only about five minutes and was the last phase in a three-step auction process that began with the collection of closed bids, the highest of which was $1.4 million when bidding ended on May 19, 2021. This formed the minimum bid for the next phase, which was conducted online until June 10 and brought the price up to US$4.8 million.
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Source: David Szondy
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