Neil Armstrong’s space artifacts to be auctioned

  • Neil Armstrong’s space artifacts to be auctioned

Neil Armstrong’s space artifacts to be auctioned

Armstrong, whose proclamation that he had taken "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" became one of the of the most iconic phrases of the 20th century, died in OH in 2012, aged 82.

Other items include parts of the wing and propeller from the Wright Brothers Flyer, the plane used in the first-ever manned flight in 1903, which Armstrong took with him on the mission.

Armstrong was one of the three astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission and one of the two who landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.

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Also on sale will be exhibited the flags of the United States, the United Nations and us States.

Armstrong's son, Mark Armstrong, said: "There will be flown items, autographed items and items of historical significance".

Armstrong's private collection of artifacts and memorabilia came to be set up for auction after the items were taken over by the astronaut's sons, Mark and Rick, upon their father's passing in 2012.

"I don't think he spent much time thinking about it", Armstrong said.

Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions, said it handles numerous categories of collectibles that appeal to various collectors, but items connected with space seem to have a universal appeal.

"He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving", he pointed out.

The Armstrongs turned to Sarasota, Florida-based Collectibles Authentication Guaranty for help with preserving and authenticating the artifacts and memorabilia and chose Heritage Auctions for the sales.

Armstrong, who lives in suburban Cincinnati, said his father did keep all of his "flown" items together. In addition they will be sold to silver coins, which were released in memory of the space program "Apollo".