Space-flown items belonging to Neil Armstrong soar at auction

The largest American flag flown on the Apollo 11 lunar module that sold for $93,750. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS (AP) – Pieces from the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer that Neil Armstrong took with him to the moon have sold for about $890,000 at an auction of memorabilia that belonged to the astronaut.

They were among items Heritage Auctions offered Thursday that were owned by Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon. The Flyer was the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft. Pieces from it that sold included a swatch of wing fabric.

Also, the largest American flag flown on the Apollo 11 lunar module sold for $93,750 (above).

The auction house is holding a series of auctions featuring items belonging to Armstrong, who died in his native Ohio in 2012. In Thursday’s auction, his items brought in more than $2.3 million.

A single Apollo 11 flown crew-signed and stamped “Type One” Quarantine Cover also for $93,750. Signed by Armstrong and crew astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, Armstrong did not receive the piece until three weeks later when the crew completed mandatory quarantine following Apollo 11’s splashdown.

The next auction from Armstrong’s collection will be in July.

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