Armstrong's collection goes to auction

Apollo astronaut: Colonization is ‘certainly feasible’ on the moon

Michaels Collins orbited the moon in the Apollo 11 Command Module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in the Lunar Module.

"We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace, and hope for all mankind", said the late Neil Armstrong, who on July 21 - hours after the landing - became the first human to set foot on the moon.

A Purdue University, Mr Armstrong's university, Centennial 1869-1969 silk flag brought by him to the Moon, pieces of a wing and prop from the Wright Brothers Leaflet which he took with him on Apollo 11, along with a gold pin from Gemini 8, Mr Armstrong's very first spaceflight, and his Boy Scouts Cap. The sterling silver medallions were paid for by the crews of Apollo missions and were available for purchase only by NASA astronauts.

Items owned by Neil Armstrong will be sold at a series of three auctions. You will find the items went to the moon with him, such as a USA flag, a United Nations flag, several state flags, as well as some Robbins Medallions.

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The Armstrongs turned to Sarasota, Florida-based Collectibles Authentication Guaranty for help with preserving and authenticating the artifacts and memorabilia and chose Heritage Auctions for the sales.

"He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving", he pointed out.

"There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance", Armstrong's son Mark described the items in the collection. Mark and his brother Rick, discovered that there were some things for restoration, and some things needed to be researched for proper identification.

The auctions are being handled by Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas, which is confident the event will get an unbelievable turnout.

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