Wednesday July 20 will be the 42nd anniversary of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon.
To celebrate this anniversary, our friends over at Wikicollecting.org have put together a list of the ten most expensive items of Apollo 11 memorabilia, they’ve even included one of our stock items!
1) Navigational chart – $218,000
The navigational chart was used by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, just after their landing on the Moon, to determine their exact position on the lunar surface.
The chart, signed by Aldrin, was sold by Bonhams in New York in 2009 for a world record price of $218,000.
2) Flight plan – $152,000
The Apollo 11 flight plan covered the preparations for man’s first step on the Moon. It is a minute by minute time line of the mission crew’s activities.
The document is made up of many sections such as a “detailed timeline” which shows what the astronauts should be doing at any given times and “detailed test objectives” which explain the mission’s objectives.
The flight plan inscribed with the words “One small step for a man—one giant leap for mankind” sold for $152,000 at a Bonhams auction in 2010.
3) Lunar module landing sequence – $152,000
The Lunar Module landing sequence was one of the most important documents from the Apollo 11 mission. It lists events and entry commands which enabled the Lunar Module Eagle to land on the Moon’s surface.
The Lunar Module landing sequence was sold by Bonhams in July 2009 for $152,000. The document came with a typed letter signed by Buzz Aldrin. Each page of the document was signed by Aldrin.
4) Buzz Aldrin’s training suit – $123,750
The flight coverall which was used by Buzz Aldrin to train for both the Apollo 11 and Gemini 12 missions is currently available for purchase from Paul Fraser Collectibles for $123,750.
The suit has been signed “Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11, July 20th 1969”.
5) Michael Collins’ Apollo 11 patch – $85,400
Michael Collins’ Apollo 11 patch, signed Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin sold for $85,400 – more than double the $40,000 guide price at an auction held by Bonhams in April 2010.
The patch was designed, in part, by the crew members of the mission. Michael Collins said that the Apollo 11 crew wished to keep their names off the insignia as they wished the badge to represent everyone who worked towards the lunar landing.
6) Apollo 11 Command Module Rotation Control Handle #1 – $79,750
This grey handle was used by the Apollo 11 crew to control the spacecraft’s rotation. It is thought that the handle was mounted between Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collin’s during the flight of Apollo 11’s command module.
The piece, which was given to a NASA official following the historic flight, sold for $79,750 at an Aurora auction in April 2004.
7) Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 slide rule – $77,675
This Picket model N600-ES Log Log Speed Rule is a computational tool, which could have been useful in the event of a computer malfunction, was flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 11 by Buzz Aldrin.
The tool, which came with a signed Letter of Authenticity from Aldrin, was sold for $77,675 at Heritage’s Air & Space Auction in September 2007.
8) 1969 flown ‘Moon Landing USA’ hand cancellation – $67,000
The Official envelope, cancellation device and die proof of the 10c Moon Landing stamp are now in the Smithsonian.
This cancellation is one of 3 test strikes made by the Apollo 11 crew on their way back to Earth.
It sold for $67,000 at a Regency Superior auction in April 2007.
9) Lunar Flag Unflown Remnants – $60,000
In July 2011, Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles sold remnants of Apollo 11’s US flag for $60,000.
A large United States flag was attached to the ladder handrail of the Lunar Module. In order to attach the flag, alterations had to be made and the seam and identification of the manufacturer were removed.
The remnants sold by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles were scraps removed from the flag prior to the launch of Apollo 11 and were never actually flown to the moon.
10) Final version of the NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 – $51,000
The final version of the NASA flight plan for Apollo 11 was sold for $51,000 at a PBA Galleries auction in 2011.
The flight plan was signed and inscribed by Neil Armstrong “Best Wishes, To Dean Mell, Neil Armstrong”.
Wikicollecting.org is a free online resource where collectors and can read and write about any form of collectibles, as well as their favourite dealers, museums and shows. Definitely worth a look.