The extensive personal collection of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, will be auctioned this year. The Armstrong Family Collection will be presented by Heritage Auctions in November 2018 and May / November 2019, and has over 2,000 items, including a number of unprecedented moon landing artifacts.
Parts of a Wright Brothers 1903 wing and propeller that the famous astronaut brought to the Moon, a Gemini VIII gold needle, Armstrong's first mission, and historical correspondence are just a few of the items auctioned later this year become.
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The auctions coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
"There will be things that make you think, things that make you laugh and things that make you scratch your head," said Mark Armstrong, one of the astronaut's sons, in a statement.
On July 20, 1969, millions around the world watched as Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon and uttered the iconic words: "This is a small step for man, a giant leap for humanity."
Other highlights The collection includes the medallions of Apollo 11 Robbins, including an extremely rare gold medallion; a centenary silk flag of Purdue University, carried by Armstrong to the Moon; and Armstrong's Boy Scouts Cap – he became an Eagle Scout at 17.
"Neil Armstrong's bravery and ability define what it means to be an American hero," said Todd Imhof, executive vice president, Heritage Auctions. "These are some of the most iconic historical items ever sold."