Huge treasure of Neil Armstrong’s private collection set for the auction this year

The only full-body photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon shows him working at the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle.”


The extensive personal collection of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, will be auctioned this year.

The Armstrong Family collection will be presented by Heritage Auctions in November 2018 and May/November 2019. It has more than 2,000 items, including never-before-seen artifacts of his moon landing.

Pieces of the wings and the propeller of the 1903 Wright Brothers flight that the famous astronaut, took with him to the Moon, a golden pin of Gemini VIII, Armstrong’s first mission, and the historical correspondence are just a few of the items that will be auctioned later this year.


The American flag Neil Armstrong the lunar landing will be up for auction later this year.

(Heritage Auctions)

The auctions are set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

“There are items that make you think, items that you laugh and items that you scratch your head,” Mark Armstrong, one of the astronaut’s sons, said in a statement.

On July 20, 1969, millions of people around the world watched as Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon and spoke the now iconic words: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Other highlights from the collection include the Apollo 11 Robbins medallions, including a very rare gold one; a Purdue University Centennial silk flag, as worn by Armstrong on the moon, and Armstrong’s Boy Scouts cap—he became an Eagle Scout at the age of 17.

“Neil Armstrong’s courage and skill determines what it means to be an American hero,” Todd imhof are, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions, said in a statement. “These are some of the most iconic historic items ever to be sold.”

Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.

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