Neil Arm­strong auc­tion brings in $5.2 mil­lion

Wright broth­ers items be­long­ing to first man on moon among sales.

Dayton Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Stew­art Staff Writer

The first of three sales saw the high­est price go for the ID plate of the Apollo 11 mod­ule from which he emerged to walk on the moon.

The first auc­tion of for­mer Le­banon-area res­i­dent Neil Arm­strong’s per­sonal mem­o­ra­bilia and ar­ti­facts — in­clud­ing frag­ments of the Wright broth­ers’ 1903 flyer the fa­mous astro­naut took to the moon and back — brought in more than $5.2 mil­lion.

Fetch­ing the high­est price — $468,500 — was an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion plate from the Apollo 11 lu­nar mod­ule Ea­gle from which Arm­strong emerged in July 1969 to be­come the first man to set foot on the moon.

The thou­sands of ar­ti­facts chron­i­cled the life and ca­reer of Arm­strong, who was raised in Wa­pakoneta and lived qui­etly out­side Le­banon af­ter be­com­ing a na­tional hero com­mand­ing the mis­sion.

A child­hood let­ter Arm­strong wrote to the Easter bunny sold for $4,000; his Boy Scouts field cap went for $12,000; a gold pin of his wife’s car­ried into space brought $17,500; and one of his Gem­ini flight suits was bought for $109,375.

Ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 lots — some con­sist­ing of more than one item — are be­ing auc­tioned in three parts. Be­fore the first three­day sale be­gan Nov. 1, Mark Arm­strong said his fa­ther’s me­men­tos in­cluded ones “that make you think, items that make you laugh and items that make you scratch your head.”

The fa­mous astro­naut died in 2012 at age 82.

Long­time Le­banon-area res­i­dent Neil Arm­strong died in 2012 at age 82.

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