Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

The Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong Michael Collins Buzz Aldrin

The vast personal collection of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon, is to go under the hammer later this year.

But the astronaut didn't make the journey to the moon alone.

The auction will include an astonishing array of artefacts from the lunar landing which took place on July 20 1969. 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.

Items from the collection will be sold in a series of auctions handled by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions beginning Nov. 1-2 and continuing in May and November of next year.

He also took pieces of wing and propeller from the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer with him to the moon.

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. "He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving". These things have been an astronaut during a flight to the moon.

The Apollo 11 mission patch
The Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong Michael Collins Buzz Aldrin The Apollo 11 mission patch

The two have collaborated with a firm to document the artifacts' authenticity and provenance.

According to the Business Insider, the Armstrong Family Collection was the first one to be certified by CAG, recently opened in Sarasota.

Other items that the astronaut took with him to the moon include a U.S. flag, the largest size typically flown during Apollo missions, a United Nations flag, various state flags, and some Robbins Medallions.

Amongst the products being provided are Robbins medallions flown on the Apollo 11 objective, consisting of an "incredibly uncommon gold example".

A USA flag, the largest size to make the space trip on the Apollo, is also on the auction list, together with a United Nations flag and various state flags.

Armstrong, who lives in suburban Cincinnati, said his father did keep all of his "flown" items together.

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