Space Exploration Memorabilia, including Neil Armstrong Collection, Brings $4.57 Million at Heritage Auctions

Objects flown to the moon and kept for 50 years in the private collection of “First Man” Mission Commander Neil Armstrong sold for more than $4.57 million during Heritage Auctions $4.47 million Space Exploration auction May 9-11.

The sale featured the second presentation of 620 lots of mementos and NASA-related items saved by the first man who walked on the moon, July 20, 1969.

Special keepsakes owned by Armstrong brought top dollar, particularly the moonwalker’s collection of pieces of the Wright Flyer, which was flown on Apollo 11 to commemorate mankind’s first successful airplane flight made by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903. A group of nine pieces sold for a combined $888,750, the most expensive piece being a rare swatch from the wing fabric from flyer, which sold for $175,000, as did a section of the propeller.

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“Heritage Auctions’ next presentation of Armstrong’s collection is July 16, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space launch and just four days before Armstrong’s historic moonwalk.”