A gold medal that flew aboard the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon with Neil Armstrong has bought for $2,055,000 by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.
Unusually, the medal options an early design for the Apollo 11 mission insignia that was created by crewmember Michael Collins.
“The obverse depicts Collins’ early and unique idea for the mission insignia with the eagle carrying an olive department in its mouth,” explains Heritage Auctions, on its web site. “NASA thought the sharp, open talons of the eagle appeared too “warlike” and the olive department, representing peace, was moved to the claws. That is one in all, if not the one, main official objects that renders the insignia because it was meant to be by the astronaut designer.”
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The mission, dates, and surnames of the Apollo 11 crew are featured on the reverse of the medal. Solely three of the medals had been minted – one for every of the mission’s crewmembers.
The 28-mm stable gold Robbins Medal had been a part of the Armstrong Household Assortment and had a pre-sale estimate of $100,000.
Minted by the Robbins Firm of Attleboro, Mass., the custom of commemorative Apollo medallions started with Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham, who wished a commemorative memento to take into house. The Smithsonian notes that the medals might be bought by way of the NASA astronaut workplace.
Different objects within the public sale included Neil Armstrong’s childhood teddy bear, which bought for $3,500, simply above its pre-sale estimate of $3,000.
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July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon touchdown and the historic mission continues to be a supply of fascination.
An Apollo 11 Lunar Module Timeline E book that traveled to the Moon with Buzz Aldrin and Armstrong within the Eagle lander is the centerpiece of a Christie’s public sale on July 18. The Timeline E book has a pre-sale estimate of $7 million to $9 million.
A uncommon signed photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Armstrong making his ‘large leap for mankind’ was lately bought in a separate public sale for $52,247.
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Final 12 months, a guidelines that traveled to the floor of the Moon with Armstrong and Aldrin bought at public sale in New York for $62,500.
In 2017, a bag containing Moondust crammed by Armstrong was bought by Sotheby’s for $1.eight million.
The bag beforehand had been misidentified and mistakenly bought at a web-based authorities public sale for $995. The Chicago-area lady who bought the bag gained an intense court docket battle with NASA, which tried to retrieve the artifact.
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Collins, who was the Command Module pilot on Apollo 11, lately revealed a beforehand unseen photograph of the well-known Moon touchdown crew members that he “discovered on the backside of a field.”
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