LEBANON, Ohio – The first auction of resident Neil Armstrong's previous memorabilia and artifacts in Lebanon, including freaks from Wright…
LEBANON, Ohio – The first auction of resident Neil Armstrong’s previous memorabilia and artifacts in Lebanon, including freaks from Wright brothers 1903 pilots, took the famous astronaut to the moon and back – brought in more than 5.2 million dollars. 19659002] Get the highest price – $ 468,500 – was an identification sign from Apollo 11 Moon Module Eagle from which Armstrong appeared in July 1969 to become the first man to set foot on the moon.
The thousands of artifacts connected life and Armstrong’s career, raised in Wapakoneta, and quietly lived outside Lebanon after becoming a national hero who ruled the mission.
A childhood letter Armstrong wrote to the Easter canine sold for $ 4000; His boy Scout’s fieldlock went for $ 1
2,000; A gold sticks of his wife carried in space with $ 17,500; and one of its Gemini flights was purchased for $ 109,375.
About 3,000 parties – some consisting of more than one item – are auctioned in three parts. Before the first three-day sale began on November 1, Mark Armstrong said that his father’s memorabilia included them “that make you think things that make you laugh and things that make you shave your head.”
The famous astronaut died in 2012 at the age of 19.
More than 760 lots were sold during the first sale, including two-piece spruce from 1903 Wright Flyer propellers and four muslin from their left wing – all carried to the moon just 66 years after the story – make a flight on Kitty Hawk. The propeller fragments took $ 275,000 each and the fabric pieces ranged from $ 112,500 to $ 175,000.
Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick put the items up for auction. The remaining lots will be sold on two dates in 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
“Thanks for the enthusiasts out there, NASA’s followers, science teachers and dreams of impossible dreams,” said Mark Armstrong.
The auction entered a record for the most valuable space memorabilia auction in history, according to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The company said about 2,450 bidders sought artifacts.
FIL – This undeaded NASA file photo shows Neil Armstrong. The Neil Armstrong family, the first man walking on the moon, says he died on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the age of 82. According to a statement from the family Armstrong died after complications caused by cardiovascular disease. It does not say where he died. Armstrong ordered the Apollo 11 spacecraft landing on the moon of July 20, 1969. He radiated back to earth the historical news of “a giant hope for mankind.” Armstrong and other astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent almost three hours on the moon, collected samples, performed experiments and photographed. In total, 12 Americans went to the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo / NASA)