If you’re a big fan of Neil Armstrong now you have the chance to own some of the mementos and artifacts belonged to him. The first human to walk on the moon kept several items, which he took with him on that historic trip. And now, in a series of auctions starting November 1st and 2nd, his collection will be offered for sale.
Neil Armstrong’s collection includes a variety of artifacts from his 1969 lunar landing, as well as private mementos. You will find the items went to the moon with him, such as a U.S. flag, a United Nations flag, several state flags, as well as some Robbins Medallions. He also took pieces of wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer with him to the moon.
There are some personal items of him to be auctioned, including his boy scout cap and a Purdue University centennial flag from Armstrong’s alma mater, which traveled on Apollo 11.
Speaking to Associated Press, Mark Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s son said his father never mentioned what he wanted to do with those items he kept.
“I don’t think he spent much time thinking about it,” Mark said. “He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving.”
Neil Armstrong dies in 2012 in his native Ohio. after his death, his sons faced the responsibility of conserving, preserving and securing irreplaceable items and honoring their father’s legacy. Mark and his brother Rick, discovered that there were some things for restoration, and some things needed to be researched for proper identification.
“We felt like the number of people that could help us identify them and give us the historical context was diminishing and that the problem of understanding that context would only get worse over time,” Mark said.
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will handle the auctions. You can offer your bid online, by phone or in person.