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Apollo 11 brooch worn by Neil Armstrong, the wife of the surfaces, for sale

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A plaque in gold brooch that belonged to the wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong is for sale.

Created by jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, the 18-carat gold brooch is one of three that were presented to Armstrong and his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins after their historic mission. A fourth brooch was presented to Rose Kennedy, the mother of the late President John F. Kennedy.

Worn by Armstrong’s wife, Janet, the brooch has the shape to resemble the moon’s surface, with a textured design that resembles the Moon with its craters and rocky terrain. New Orleans gallery M. S. Rau Antiques is selling the brooch, which is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Armstrong Family Collection, for $168,500.

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The brooch commemorates the famous Apollo 11 mission. (M. S. Rau Antiques)

“In the centre, it is intended to replicate on the Sea of Tranquility where the Eagle has landed,” Lyndon Lasiter, sales consultant for M. S. Rau Antiques, told Fox News. “There is a white diamond to indicate where the Eagle has landed and around, there are five rubies to indicate that [Armstrong] was.”

The back of the brooch is inscribed “Neil Armstrong on Sunday, July 20, 1969,” in commemoration of the day when the astronaut took his famous first steps on the Moon.

Janet Armstrong wore the brooch during the “Giant Leap” global goodwill tours of the Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives on Sept. 29 Nov. 5, 1969. A photo taken during the tour shows her wearing the brooch during the meeting of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace in October 1969.

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File photo Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew talking with Neil Armstrong, his wife Janet and Pat Collins, left, wife of Colonel Michael Collins, at Buckingham Palace. Janet Armstrong is wearing the moon brooch on her lapel.
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July 20, 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing and moon missions continue to be a source of fascination.

File photo, The Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives left the Presidential plane at the Airport of Heathrow in London during their “Giant Leap” global goodwill tour. Neil Armstrong is accompanied by his wife Janet, which can be seen from the moon brooch on her lapel.
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A checklist that traveled to the surface of the Moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin recently sold at auction in New York for $62,500. In the same auction, three small Moon rocks brought back from space by the unmanned Soviet Luna-16 mission were sold for $855,000.

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The brooch has the shape to resemble the moon’s surface.
(M. S. Rau Antiques)

Dec. 21, 2018 also marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous Apollo 8 launch. During a series of historical lunar orbits, NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders became the first humans to see the far side of the Moon.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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