Space-flown Stars, Stripes 'n' Signatures: Apollo 11 signed flag brings $40,000

RR Auction's much trailed January sales have been going strong, with one of the highlights a space-flown Apollo 11 Silver Robbins Medal which soared to $33,000. But it was the not the top lot that day.

Irresistible for collectors of autographs or Americana was a remarkable flight-flown printed fabric American flag, measuring 6" x 4", flown aboard Apollo 11 during its historic flight to the moon.

The flag is affixed by its corners to a 10" x 12" certificate stating "This flag traveled to the moon with Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing, July 20, 1969," and signed in black felt tip by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

Flag with Apollo 11 autographs Armstrong Aldrin Collins
Flag with Apollo 11 autographs and inscription
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Armstrong has also added an inscription that reads, "To Rooster with sincere best wishes from Apollo 11." Rooster Andrews was the owner of a very successful sports shop business in Texas, a keen space collector, and a friend of the astronauts.

It is in fine condition, with a block of light even toning covering most of the certificate, small squares of toning to two corners of flag from adhesive on reverse, and the signatures a shade light.

Assisted by the first moonwalker's heartfelt inscription, it drew a number of eager bids, finally leaving the auctioneer for $39,710. Given the performance of Armstrong's signature in the PFC40 index, this will make someone an excellent investment.

A rare, signed photograph of the great man may also be found here.

 

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