'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

'1st man on moon' Neil Armstrong's memorabilia to be auctioned

Lots include correspondence relating to the Apollo 11 mission, laying out the planning and even discussions with the Nasa press office as to what astronauts should say when they set foot on the moon.

"The legacy of Apollo is if you set your mind to do something, get everybody together and everybody agrees we should accomplish it, and then we go ahead, it became something we all could be proud of", said Jim Lovell, the first person to fly in space four times.

As the world remembers well, it was fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong who first stepped onto the moon on July 20, 1969.

In all more than 2,000 items are being included in a series of sales conducted by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions starting on November 1.

Armstrong's son, Mark Armstrong, said his father never talked to him about what he wanted done with the large amount of items he kept.

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Among the more personal items to be auctioned are a Purdue University centennial flag from Armstrong's alma mater that traveled on Apollo 11 and his Boy Scout cap. Armstrong's collection also includes a rare gold medallion.

"With that being said, I think he would be pleased to be remembered as being part of a programme that demonstrated fantastic things can be achieved when people come together to dedicate themselves towards a common goal".

Neil Armstrong dies in 2012 in his native OH. after his death, his sons faced the responsibility of conserving, preserving and securing irreplaceable items and honoring their father's legacy.

Neil Armstrong's collection includes a variety of artifacts from his 1969 lunar landing, as well as private mementos.

The auctions are being handled by Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas, which is confident the event will get an wonderful turnout.

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