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Press Release - May 10, 2019

Selections from Neil Armstrong’s Private Collection Bring $2.34 Million at Auction Thursday on Apollo 11 Flown Memorabilia

Heritage Auctions' presentation of sections of the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer sell for a combined $888,000


Neil Armstrong Collection brings $2.34 million at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, Texas (May 10, 2019) – Objects flown to the moon and kept for 50 years in the private collection of "First Man" Mission Commander Neil Armstrong sold for more than $2.34 million at a public auction held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. The auction was the second presentation of 620 lots from the more than 1,300 mementos and NASA-related items saved by the first man who walked on the moon, July 16-24, 1969.

Special keepsakes owned by Armstrong's brought top dollar, particularly the moonwalker's collection of pieces of the Wright Flyer, which was flown on Apollo 11 to commemorate mankind's first successful airplane flight made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903. A group of nine pieces sold for a combined $888,750, the most expensive piece being a rare swatch from the wing fabric from flyer, which sold for $175,000, as did a section of the propeller.

A single Apollo 11 flown crew-signed and stamped "Type One" Quarantine Cover also sold for $93,750. Signed by Armstrong and crew astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, the piece was returned to Armstrong more than three weeks later when the crew was released from mandatory quarantine following Apollo 11's splash down.

A commemorative sterling silver medal, referred to as a Robbins Medallion, which was flown aboard Apollo 11, sold for $50,000.

One of six Apollo 11 Flown Mission Insignias, 6-inch-by-6-inch swatches made from fire-safe fiberglass Beta cloth used in the space suits worn by the Apollo astronauts, sold for $25,000.

Selections from The Neil Armstrong Family Collection™ were offered on the first day of a three-day Space Exploration auction event, which will conclude Saturday, May 11. Highlights include an Apollo 11 lunar module-flown spacesuit glove, originally from the personal collection of Mission Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and extraordinary rare NASA color lunar planning chart signed by one moonwalker from each landing mission.

"Heritage Auctions' next presentation of Armstrong's collection is July 16, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space launch and just four days before Armstrong's historic moonwalk."

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations

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