A gold medal that flew to the moon with Neil Armstrong aboard the Apollo 11 mission was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas for $ 2,055,000.
What is unusual is that the medal contains an early design for the created Apollo 11 mission badge by crew member Michael Collins.
"The front shows Collins' early and original concept for the mission badge with the eagle carrying an olive branch in its mouth," explains Heritage Auctions on its website. "NASA found the eagle's sharp, open claws too" martial, "and the olive branch representing peace was jabbered. This is one of the most important official elements that depicts the insignia as the astronaut designer intended. "
Mission, dates and surnames of the Apollo 11 crew are given on the back of the medal. Only three of the medals were coined – one for each mission crew member.
The 28mm solid gold Robbins medal was part of the Armstrong Family Collection and had a pre-sale value of $ 100,000.
Shaped by the Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts, the tradition of Apollo commemorative medallions began with Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham, who wanted to bring a memento into space. The Smithsonian notes that the medals could be purchased through the NASA Astronaut Office.
Other auction items included Neil Armstrong's childhood-grade teddy bear, which sold for $ 3,500, just over its $ 3,000 pre-sale estimate.
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An Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline Book that has traveled to the Moon with Buzz Aldrin and Armstrong in the Eagle Lander is the centerpiece of a Christie's auction on July 18th. The Timeline Book has a pre-sale estimate of $ 7 million to $ 9 million.
A rare autographed photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Armstrong making his "giant leap for humanity" was recently sold in a separate auction for $ 52,247.
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Last year, a checklist that traveled with Armstrong and Aldrin to the lunar surface became available in New York for $ 62,500 auctioned.
In 2017, Armstrong's bag of moon dust was sold by Sotheby's for $ 1.8 million.
The bag was previously misidentified at a $ 995 online auction by the government and was falsely sold. The Chicago-born woman who bought the bag won an intense court battle with NASA trying to reclaim the artifact.
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Collins, who was in command Modpilot on Apollo 11 recently unveiled a previously unseen photo of the famous moon landing crew, which he found "at the bottom of a box has found".
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