Neil Armstrong’s collection to be auctioned by his family

Handout portrait taken in July 1969 of US astronaut Neil Armstrong. Armstrong was the mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969. He is the first person to set foot on the Moon. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)

The collection of US astronaut Neil Armstrong will be auctioned by his family. Armstrong was the first man who set his foot on the moon 49 years ago. His collection has almost 2000 items that will go on sale in a series of three auctions.

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The first auction will be held in November 2018 and the other two in May and November 2019. Efe news quoted Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. Among the items being offered are Robbins medallions flown on the Apollo 11 mission, including an “extremely rare gold example”.

A Purdue University, Armstrong’s alma mater, Centennial 1869-1969 silk flag carried by him to the Moon, pieces of a wing and propeller from the Wright Brothers Flyer which he took with him on Apollo 11, as well as a gold pin from Gemini 8, Armstrong’s first spaceflight,  and his Boy Scouts Cap.

“Underscoring the planning behind the landmark event”, will also be on sale. “There will be flown items, autographed items, and items of historical significance. There will be items that make you think, items that make you laugh and items that make you scratch your head,” the astronaut’s son Mark Armstrong said.

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Neil Armstrong passed away at the age of 82 years in 2012. He is fondly remembered for the words he uttered the first time he set his foot on the moon “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

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