On November 5, 2020 Bonhams offered at auction this very special copy of the what they called the First Lunar Bible in a very special ornate gold metal presentation setting and deluxe leather presentation folder, "carried by Lunar Module pilot Edgar Mitchell in his "Personal Preference Kit (PPK) during Apollo 14 aboard the Lunar Module Antares."
"Accompanied by a letter of provenance. In full: "I certify that this Holy Bible listed in the official Apollo Prayer League Lunar Bible Registry and containing all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible.
"Was flown by Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell to the Surface of the Moon on February 5, 1971 on the Lunar Module Anteres on behalf of Reverend John M. Stout, Director of the Apollo Prayer League.
"In 1968 a group of individuals associated with NASA program formed the Apollo Prayer League, an organization dedicated to the prayerful support of NASA employees and the Apollo astronauts. A primary goal of the group was to land a Bible on the moon in honor of astronaut Edward White Jr., who died January 27, 1967 in the Apollo 1 fire. White had wanted to carry a Bible to the moon.
"Members of the Apollo Prayer League employed at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston made a special multi-focal 'First Lunar Bible' comprised of Ed White's Revised Standard Version and the King James Version. Bible societies in fifty-seven different countries participated in the project.
"The Lunar Bible is a replica of the King James Version used in making the composite Bible. This Lunar Bible also landed on the surface of the moon and was returned to Reverend Stout, where it has remained as part of his private collection. It was released this 24th day of April 2009 for placement in this selected museum.
Attested: Edgar D. Mitchell / Apollo 14 Lunar Module Pilot; John M. Stout / Director, The Apollo Prayer League."
The bible, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, did not sell.