A gold commemorative medal that flew with Armstrong on Apollo 11 bought for more than $US2 million. A plaque that included an identification plate from the lunar module from that mission offered for $US468,500. And a piece of one of the propellers from the Wright brothers’ Flyer – the first powered airplane – that Armstrong additionally took with him to the moon sold for $US275,000.
All informed the objects from Armstrong’s collection have garnered more than $US12.1 million over the course of three completely different auctions held since November by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. The latest, which featured the gold medal, was held earlier this month to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission.
“The response from admirers of Mission Commander Armstrong’s contribution to humanity has been merely overwhelming,” Michael Riley, Heritage’s director of space exploration, mentioned in a press release.
Heritage will maintain the fourth auction of things from Armstrong’s collection on November 14 and 15.
Along with attracting curiosity and massive bids, the auctions have additionally drawn controversy, according to The New York Times. Not one of the items is known to have been provided by Carol Armstrong, the astronaut’s second spouse, based on The Times. And a number of other individuals who knew Armstrong believe he would have felt that the attempt to cash in on his fame were unseemly.
Armstrong stopped signing autographs in 1994 after he found that some individuals have been turning around and promoting the paperwork he’d autographed, The Times reported.