Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

Neil Armstrong's private collection goes to auction

Armstrong also unveiled a plaque on the leg of the Lunar Module which read, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind".

The Apollo 11 mission launched four days prior to its landing, from the Kennedy Space Center at 9.32am (Eastern Daylight Time [EDT]), with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard the rocket that would make history.

In all more than 2,000 items are being included in a series of sales conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions starting on November 1. Armstrong's collection also includes a rare gold medallion.

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

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

Mark Armstrong and his brother Rick had taken on the task of conserving and honouring their father's legacy.

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The collection includes a variety of artifacts and keepsakes that span Neil Armstrong's life.

Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions, said it handles numerous categories of collectibles that appeal to various collectors, but items connected with space seem to have a universal appeal. In addition they will be sold to silver coins, which were released in memory of the space program "Apollo".

"I think Mom and Dad would have been pleased with that", he said.

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NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Eagle lunar module on July 20, 1969. Buzz Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface at 11.11pm, and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a United States of America flag, ran a few simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard M Nixon via Houston. You can offer your bid online, by phone or in person.

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