SARASOTA – Neil Armstrong – the first person to walk on the moon – stopped signing autographs, closed his family office, and retired from Apollo 11-related events that had become a major part of his life since his return The Powdery Moon Surface
After that day, July 24, 1969, Armstrong received about 10,000 letters a day – including notes by the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, the Wright family, and his presidents. Armstrong, who died in August 2012 at the age of 82, never spoke about his collection of space memorabilia he had put into the time capsule as he closed the door to public life.
The artifacts from his moon landing and private memorabilia remained out of sight ̵
"There will be flown items, hand-signed items and items of historical significance," said son Mark Armstrong. "There will be things that make you think, things that make you laugh, and things that make you scratch your head."
The set includes a selection of things that Armstrong wore to the moon: Apollo 11 gold and silver medals, material from the world's first plane – the Wright Flyer – and flags from Purdue University, the US, and Ohio. His collection also includes congratulatory letters from President Richard Nixon, a gold diamond needle that Armstrong gave his wife, the Gemini VIII and Armstrong's scout cap flew, and other letters from the Wright family, Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George HW Bush
All the memorabilia have been certified by the Collectibles Authentication Guaranty in Sarasota, a sorting and encapsulation service that went through the Armstrong Family Collection, which is being auctioned off in Dallas from November 1 to 2 in a worldwide sale
Neil Armstrong's eldest son, Rick, said his father was humble and did not think much about how he would be remembered.
"When I say that, I think he would be glad to be remembered as part of a program that has shown amazing things can be achieved when people come together to devote themselves to a common goal. "
Mark Armstrong said a significant portion of the proceeds will go to charities around the world benefiting his parents – Neil and Janet Armstrong (19659002) Janet, Armstrong's first wife, died a few weeks ago, according to Max Spiegel, CAG Vice President for Sales and Marketing. They married in 1956 and parted company in 1994.
In 1999, Armstrong married Carol Held (Knight) Armstrong, who lives outside of Cincinnati.
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Space historian Robert Pearlman, editor of the collectSpace website, calls it "an auction for all of humanity" and shouts out part of the first words Armstrong spoke from the surface of the moon: "This is a small step for humans "A giant leap for humanity."
"Someone who has created fame for himself but celebrity came upon him," said Pearlman. "He was not looking for limelight or seeking compensation to sell his autograph while he was alive – this is an opportunity not only for those who bid, but to generally gain public insight into the items."
CAG Chairman Mark Salzberg said his company uses its experts in the preservation and authentication of coins, paper money, comic books, magazines, posters, stamps, and other collector items to preserve the items in the Armstrong collection.
The Chairman became friends with Armstrong's sons about their dilemma of exploring and cataloging their father's belongings. He offered the services of his company; CAG will not benefit from the sale.
The unique auction could bring in more money than the properties of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Onassis, experts say.
CAG will photograph the items and post the pictures online for collectors and for future research.
Armstrong received unprecedented worldwide fame when he became the first person to walk on the Moon. He often said he was just the man who got off a ladder. He thanked the 40,000 NASA workers who brought him there.
After his death in 2012, his family decided to share his collection with the world and seek the means to distribute it. They chose Heritage Auctions for their legacy from their father.
"Neil Armstrong's bravery and ability define what it means to be an American hero," said Todd Imhof, executive vice president, Heritage Auctions. "We have the privilege of working closely with the Armstrong family to honor Nils life's work with items that reflect all of his accomplishments, not just his famous Moon Landing, these are some of the most famous historical items ever sold."
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Also in the collection is a three-page letter from Charles Lindbergh, which is held together with a piece of tape.
It points to the esteem that Armstrong had for the famous aviator he met with his Apollo 8 launch.
"Wish, when you came to the lunar surface, that you had more time to look around, as I did when I was in Paris?" Lindbergh's Parting Words
Handwritten notes for the X-15 that Armstrong – a world-class test pilot – flew in 1962 offered correction information for the hypersonic aircraft, which reached a height of about 40 miles. He later broke the barrier of space four years later, traveling four times higher on Gemini VIII. He is one of only two people flying a winged spaceship, Pearlman says.
Mark Armstrong said his family is struggling to share his father's memories.
"I talked to Mark Salzberg about our dilemma, to help us research, catalog, and preserve these products for future generations – and that every item would be photographed for later research," Armstrong said , "This last point was very important to me because I did not want information lost to future researchers when or when items were placed in private hands."
The sale of the items, which are considered high-bar for space relics, is expected to set the stage for future sales. Other items were sold by Apollo 11 commando module pilot Michael Collins and crew member Buzz Aldrin, but none of the quality of Armstrong's collection
"Armstrong's place in history is a figure known to the world," said Pearlman. "He was a contemporary hero, he's somebody that most of the bidding people have lived in at the same time as, and that about celebrity or sports auctions is of similar anticipation.
In addition to the buzz is the planned release in October of "First Man," a film with Ryan Gosling on the mission to land on the moon and focus on Armstrong The 50th anniversary of the moon landing will take place in 2019.
Salzberg is optimistic that the Armstrong Collection – and CAG's Services
Heritage Auctions has won over 1 million bidders for the Armstrong Family Collection, a global audience that could drive higher auction prices, Salzberg said.
"I think we could have done it can do that in a small, small town and people would flock around it. "