Apollo 11 flown Mezuzah pendant to star in space sale

A 14 karat gold Jewish Mezuzah pendant flown on the Apollo 11 mission is valued in excess of $9,375 at Heritage Auctions.

The lot will headline the May 20 space exploration signature auction in Dallas.

Apollo 11 mezuzah
The Mezuzah is made from 14 karat gold

It's accompanied by a letter, signed by all three members of the mission, which confirms that the pendant was flown aboard the shuttle.

The consignor, Pearl Feder, explains: "Early in 1969 I travelled to Cape Canaveral (Kennedy) frequently to visit with friends, at which time I met several of the astronauts.

"My very dear friend knew all of them and she and Jim Lovell decided to do something nice for me for my birthday in July.

"The thought came to them to send a Mezuzah on the Apollo 11 mission and then to return it to me with a letter confirming this fact.

"To the best of my knowledge, Jim Lovell asked Buzz Aldrin to take this on the Mission, which he did, and the letter and the Mezuzah were given to me by Jim and my girlfriend after the Mission returned to earth."

In addition, two gold crosses carried by Buzz Aldrin for his neighbour are offered with an opening bid of $7,500.

The lot includes a letter from Aldrin that reads: "Thanks for your felt but unseen help on our mission.

"May the Creator be with you on your travels in search of happiness."

The sale will include the instructions Armstrong and Aldrin used to land the lunar module on the Moon.  

We have this page from Life Magazine signed by the whole Apollo 11 crew.

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