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'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

23 July 2018, 09:06 | Justin Tyler

'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

The personal collection of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to step on the moon, will be sold at auctions.

The auctions will be held on November 1-2 this year, as well as in May and November of 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Forty-nine years ago today, on July 20, 1969, humans set foot on the moon for the first time in history.

Featured in the auction are items which were taken to the moon including a series of flags - representing not only the U.S. but also the United Nations and a number of individual American states.

Former NASA astronaut Harrison Schmitt discusses proposed plans by the space program to return to the moon by the mid 2020s and build a small space station.

Four days and 386 242,56km later, at 4.18pm EDT on 20 July, the Apollo 11 craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility.

It is noted that also for sale will be exhibited the flags of the United States, the United Nations and us States. Armstrong's collection also includes a rare gold medallion.

Armstrong's private collection of artifacts and memorabilia came to be set up for auction after the items were taken over by the astronaut's sons, Mark and Rick, upon their father's passing in 2012. "He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving".

"There will be flown products, autographed products and products of historic significance".

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.

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

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