Wednesday 18 September 2019

Neil Armstrong memorabilia fetches millions at auction

Items belonging to the first man on the moon were sold off by his family.

Neil Armstrong on the moon (PA)
Neil Armstrong on the moon (PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than 7.4 million US dollars at auction.

Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, said the item that sold for the highest price, 468,500 dollars, at Saturday’s auction was Armstrong’s spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11’s lunar module Eagle.

Also sold were a fragment from the propeller and a section of the wing from the Wright brothers’ Flyer, the first heavier-than-air self-powered aircraft, which each sold for 275,000 dollars.

The flight suit Armstrong wore aboard Gemini Eight, the 1966 mission that performed the first docking of two spacecraft in flight, brought the astronaut’s family 109,375 dollars.

Meanwhile, in a separate auction, a gold-coloured Navy aviator’s helmet once owned by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, sold for 46,250 dollars.

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