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Neil Armstrong memorabilia fetches US$7.5 million at auction

  • Items sold included Armstrong’s spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11’s lunar module and a flight suit
  • A fragment from the propeller and a section of the wing from the Wright brothers’ Flyer was also sold at auction
PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2018, 1:26am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2018, 1:26am

Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has fetched more than US$7.4 million at auction.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item that sold for the highest price, US$468,500, at Saturday’s auction was Armstrong’s spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11’s lunar module Eagle.

Also sold were a fragment from the propeller and a section of the wing from the Wright brothers’ Flyer, the first heavier-than-air self-powered aircraft, which each sold for US$275,000.

The flight suit Armstrong wore aboard Gemini 8, the 1966 mission that performed the first docking of two spacecraft in flight, brought the astronaut’s family US$109,375.

Meanwhile, in a separate auction, a gold-coloured Navy aviator’s helmet once owned by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, sold for US$46,250.