Neil Armstrong's personal collection of moon landing artefacts up for sale

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Admirers of the first man to walk on the moon will soon have the chance to own artifacts and mementos from Neil Armstrong's private collection.

Containing over 2,000 items, the collection will go on sale in a series of three auctions with the first in November 2018 and other two in May and November 2019, Efe news quoted Dallas-based Heritage Auctions.

Forty-nine years ago today, on July 20, 1969, humans set foot on the moon for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins were in orbit around the Moon, the only natural satellite of the Earth.

On the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong's famous first steps, and the 46th anniversary of the opening of the Armstrong Air & Space Museum, groundbreaking for the museum's upcoming expansion was held.

You will find the items went to the moon with him, such as a USA flag, a United Nations flag, several state flags, as well as some Robbins Medallions. Armstrong's collection also includes a rare gold medallion.

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

Armstrong's private collection of artifacts and memorabilia came to be set up for auction after the items were taken over by the astronaut's sons, Mark and Rick, upon their father's passing in 2012. "There will be items that make you think, items that make you laugh and items that make you scratch your head", the astronaut's son Mark Armstrong said.

"He did save all the items, so he obviously felt they were worth saving", he pointed out.

Armstrong, who lives in suburban Cincinnati, said his father did keep all of his "flown" items together.

Bids can be taken online, by phone or in person.

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