A rare cover flown to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission is among the highlights of Heritage Auctions' November 1 Space Exploration Auction in Dallas.
The 8c Apollo stamp, which is expected to make $40,000-50,000, is fixed to an official commemorative cover of the first manned space expedition. It is particularly valuable due to it being consigned directly from the collection of Michael Collins, Mission Command Module Pilot of the Apollo 11 voyage.
It features an August 11 1969 cancellation, with "Delayed in Quarantine At/ Lunar Receiving Laboratory/ M.S.C. - Houston, Texas" stamped below.
When Apollo 11 landed on July 24, the astronauts and the contents of the spacecraft were placed in isolation in case of contamination with foreign organisms, meaning the stamp could not be cancelled until a later date.
The cover is signed by all three members of the mission.
A flag flown on Apollo 11 and signed by all three astronauts will also feature with a $25,000-35,000 estimate. The flag comes from the collection of a long-time NASA employee, and is described as being in superior condition.
A pair of Beta cloth boots, worn in training by Neil Armstrong, are offered with a valuation of $10,000-15,000. The boots feature Armstrong's name on the inner tag which, although marked over in black ink, is still clearly visible.
Similar boots would have been worn during the mission.
We have a wide selection of space memorabilia available to purchase.
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