ITEMS RETURNED TO EARTH BY APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS ARMSTRONG, ALDRIN
Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago this summer. It’s been called the U.S. space program’s greatest achievement — landing humans on the moon, having them explore the lunar surface and returning them safely home.
“Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins captured the world’s attention as Apollo 11 blasted to the moon,” says Michael Riley, director of space exploration at Heritage Auctions. “When Armstrong stepped on the surface, ‘moon fever’ gripped the nation.”
To mark the occasion, Heritage Auctions is presenting a unique collection of Apollo 11 artifacts, including a glove Aldrin wore on the Lunar Module, and items from the Armstrong Family Collection™, such as an Apollo 11-flown mission insignia and a miniature California flag carried on the mission. Also being offered is a selection of rare lunar meteorites.
“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this great achievement,” Riley says, “this auction gives collectors of space memorabilia a great chance to acquire special artifacts which, in many cases, come directly from the astronauts themselves.”
This article appears in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.