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Neil Armstrong's Spacecraft ID Fetches $465K

Memorabilia auction made $7.4M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2018 1:07 AM CST
This photo provided by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions shows the flight suit Neil Armstrong wore aboard Gemini 8, the 1966 mission that performed the first docking of two spacecraft in flight.   (Heritage Auctions, HA.com via AP)
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(Newser) – Memorabilia that belonged to the first man to set foot on the moon has fetched more than $7.4 million at auction. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions says the item that sold for the highest price, $468,500, was Neil 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 $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 $109,375. In a separate auction, a gold-colored Navy aviator's helmet once owned by John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, sold for $46,250. (An investigator is trying to track down all 50 moon rocks given to the states after the Apollo 11 mission.)

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