An American flag flew into orbit during Apollo 11 is one of a number of artifacts from the historic mission to be auctioned this week.
The flag was signed and flight certified by the Apollo 11 Command Module pilot Michael Collins. "It's an iconic and coveted relic that was flown to the moon on the most historic and zealous of Apollo missions," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of Boston-based auction house RR Auction, in a statement.
20th July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The flag is expected to raise at least $ 60,000 in the auction, ending on Thursday at 19:00 ET.
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Other items on the auction include a page from the Apollo 1
A 70mm positive film from the Hasselblad Apollo 11 camera is also auctioned off. According to RR Auction, the film featured 126 of the most famous images Neil Armstrong and Aldrin had taken on the lunar surface.
"The film reel was purchased by Terry Slezak, a member of the decontamination team at the Manned Space Center's lunar reception lab, who was responsible for processing the film brought back from the Apollo moon landings," RR Auction said.
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The film wrapped on a yellow Kodak holder had a pre-sale estimate of $ 8,000.
Only 12 men, all Americans, have run on the moon.
Recent auction space objects include a small Mezusa sterling silver shell and a scroll flown by NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia from February 2 to 9, 1996. Mesusa, the verses from the Torah are attached to the jambs of Jewish houses.
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Hoffman, who is now MIT professor, said he plans to release the Selling the Mesusa and other objects from his space career to finance a documentary project exploring his Jewish journey through his five spaces. The mezuzah had an estimate of $ 15,000 before the sale.
Apollo artifacts continue to be a source of fascination. Last year, a checklist that had traveled to the surface of the Moon with Armstrong and Aldrin was auctioned in New York for $ 62,500.
In 2017, Sotheby's sold a Armstrong-filled moon dust-filled bag for $ 1.8 million.
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The bag was previously mistakenly misidentified and sold at a $ 995 online government auction. The Chicago-born woman who bought the bag won an intense court battle with NASA, trying to recapture the artifact.
Last week, Collins unveiled a previously unseen photo of the famous Moon Landing Crew members he "found below of a box.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.
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