Elements that once belonged to Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, are drawing some high auction prices.
A gold medal that flies with Armstrong on Apollo 11 is selling for more than $ 2 million. A plaque with a lunar identification plate from this mission was sold for $ 468,500. And part of one of Flether's brothers Wright's propellers – the first engine jet – which Armstrong also brought along on the Moon, is sold for $ 275,000.
Everyone said the items in the Armstrong collection had collected more than $ 12.1 million over three different auctions held in November in Dallas. The latest one, which includes a gold medal, was held earlier this month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11's mission. "The reply from fans of Armstrong's commander's contribution to humanity was simply excessive," said Michael Riley, director of Heritage for Space Research, in a press release.
Heritage will hold a fourth auction of Armstrong collection on 14 and 15 November.
Auctions triggered controversy
In addition to attracting interest and large bids, auctions have also provoked controversy, according to the New York Times. None of the elements was known to Carol Armstrong, the second wife of the astronaut, according to The Times. Several people who knew Armstrong believed that he would feel that the attempt to win his glory was obscene.
Armstrong stopped signing autographs in 1994 after he discovered that some people turned and sold the documents he signed, The Times reported. He also rejected many proposals to take advantage of his fame, according to the report.
The items were auctioned by Rick and Mark Armstrong, the sons of the astronaut, the Times reported. Mark and his wife protected sales by telling the Times that what matters is what they did with money, not what happened to the items. The brothers have donated nearly $ 2 million in cash and artefacts to museums, according to the report. Meanwhile, Mark and his wife have created an ecological, non-profit organization called Vantage Earth in honor of their parents.
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